Spring Training Game #12
1.) Kevin Slowey finally put together a solid outing, going 3 scoreless innings while allowing 6 hits and striking out 3 without walking anyone. I'm a little concern about the number of hits -- two per innings is too many -- but he was able to get out of trouble and picked up a fair number of K's. Phil Humber, meanwhile, picked up 2 more scoreless innings today to continue his excellent spring. While I consider him to be behind Slowey, Blackburn, and Perkins in the battle for a spot in the rotation, there's no question that he's been excellent this spring (in games that count, anyway), and he belongs in the conversation as well.
2.) Carlos Gomez went 0-for-3 while Denard Span went 1-for-1 and stole a base and Pridie went 1-for-1 as well. Can the phenom hold onto his advantage, or will Span (or Pridie) come up and steal it from him? We aren't going to know until the last week of camp, I would guess, but it sure is fun to follow day-to-day.
3.) Randy Ruiz went 1-for-3 today (which qualifies as a bad day for him with the spring that he's putting together), but the one hit was a big one -- a three RBI double that provided the winning margin for the team. I seem to say it every day, but keep your eyes on Ruiz.
4.) Another day, another Brendan Harris 0-fer. If you have two choices at 2B, and neither is hitting, you go with the guy who provides plus-defense, right? Am I wrong here? I realize that the sample size is still small, and I accept that Harris is a better hitter than he's showing (and a better hitter than Punto, for that matter), but having seen a bit of Harris' defense this spring, I'm actually starting to lean in Punto's direction. Feel free to bash me in the comments on this if you must . . .
5.) My guess is that Tommy Watkins will be cut within the next week. He's done nothing offensively (0-for-3 again today) and I still think that he looks like he gained weight in the off-season. Watkins callup last year was a great story, but I don't think it's going to be repeated in 2008.
Today's Big Winner: Kevin Slowey
Runner-Up: Phil Humber
Today's Big Loser: Tommy Watkins
Runner-Up: Brendan Harris