May is sharp as Dodgers beat Cubs in spring training game

Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner, left, high-fives Cody Bellinger (35) after they both scored on single hit by Will Smith during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Dodgers’ Justin Turner, left, high-fives Cody Bellinger after they both scored on single struck by Will Smith throughout the 4th inning of a spring training video game versus the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

The Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz.

MAY THE FIFTH? Dustin May, a strong prospect to be the Dodgers’ 5th starter, quit one run and 2 hits in 5 innings, starting out 6. The Big League Baseball Twitter account included his strikeout of Javier Baez, which ended with the scoreboard flashing “100” on strike 3. “It’s always cool to look back and see 100,” Might stated. “I’ve still got to get guys out.” In 13 2/3 innings this spring, Might has 17 strikeouts and a 2.63 earned-run average. Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías are the evident very first 4 in the Dodgers’ beginning rotation.

LINEUP ASSORTMENT: The Dodgers rolled through the postseason in 2015 with a set lineup, in which Max Muncy batted 4th and Cody Bellinger batted 6th. Supervisor Dave Roberts stated he is “thinking through” whether to bat Bellinger 4th and Muncy 6th. “Both guys are very talented, you could argue interchangeable,” Roberts stated. “I don’t think I can make a wrong decision.” Bellinger is batting .167 this spring, with one crowning achievement, one walk and 7 strikeouts in 19 plate looks. Muncy is batting .211, with one crowning achievement, 8 strolls and 10 strikeouts in 46 plate looks.

FULL NELSON: The Dodgers included pitcher Jimmy Nelson to the 40-man lineup, all however clinching an area for him on the opening day lineup. Nelson did not pitch last season and has actually pitched 10 video games over the previous 3 seasons, slowed by shoulder, elbow and back injuries. He tossed a minimum of 175 innings in each of the previous 3 seasons, and he has actually tossed 7 innings this spring, without quiting a made run. Roberts stated Nelson might be utilized as a high-leverage reducer, a long reducer, and an area starter.

ADDITIONAL BASES: Catcher Will Smith singled two times and drove in 3 runs. He’s batting .343 this spring. … Closer Kenley Jansen, tossing no more difficult than 91 miles per hour, started out 2 of the 3 batters he dealt with. Jansen has actually dealt with 25 batters this spring, strolling one and starting out 12.

ON DECK: Kershaw and the Dodgers deal with the Oakland Sports on Friday at 6 p.m. at Camelback Cattle ranch. TELEVISION: SportsNet LA. Radio: AM 570.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.