Good to see Billy Butler flash a little spring power. And Kyle Davies is still putting runners on the bases like a madman. He’s more than ready for the regular season…
And I’m ready to. This is the time of the spring where I fall into a little exhibition game fatigue. OK… I was pumped for the games, but the fact I can’t see them (more on that in a future post perhaps) and the fact they carry little weight mean I begin to lose interest about this time. Sure, I still check the box scores, but I’m ready for the real thing damnit.
I contend most of the 25 man roster is set. Clark has been watching it evolve since the end of the 2010 season and I feel he’s spot-on in his recent assessment. For me, the most interesting (yet useless) competition is for the fifth starter spot. There are six pitchers gunning for the rotation with Luke Hochevar the favorite to lead a staff that includes Jeff Francis, Bruce Chen, Sean O’Sullivan, Vin Mazarro and Davies. I know Nick thinks Chen is out of the rotation by July. Perhaps, but we do agree he will be in the mix at the start of the season. Hochevar seems a lock, as does Francis. I’ll include Davies here, too. So that puts the competition down to O’Sullivan and Mazarro.
I said that was the most interesting battle in camp? Sigh.
March 31 can’t get here fast enough.
A couple of spring notes of interest…
— I certainly fall into the camp that (most) spring stats are meaningless, but Everett Teaford had better get his act together. Yeah, it’s just two appearances, but getting hammered for 11 hits and 10 runs isn’t going to get you anywhere… Even in March. He will get a shot at spring redemption on Wednesday afternoon.
— We finally have a Wilson Betemit sighting as the third baseman started and when 0-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday’s game. He’s dealing with a hyper extended elbow from winter ball. I think the injury, combined with Mike Aviles’ hot bat and improved glove, have Aviles positioned to be the Royals opening day starter at the hot corner. Unless Chris Getz continues to underwhelm. Which isn’t much of a reach.
— Getz is 1-14 this spring while Pedro Feliz is 1-13. As I mentioned with Teaford, I’m not going to put a lot of stock in spring numbers – even when they validate my opinion of certain players. (And in this case they certainly do.) However, there’s something to be said about being part of the crowd. In other words, you are allowed to struggle, but you don’t want to be so putrid that you stand out among your teammates. That’s what a 1-14 will do… Get you noticed… In the wrong way.
— That fan that got pegged in the eye by an errant hot dog toss courtesy of Sluggerrr was in court on Tuesday. John Coomer was allegedly struck in the eye by the Yuni-like frankfurter throw and suffered a detached retina and has undergone three surgeries. When will these teams learn? If I remember correctly, a vegetarian was clobbered with a hot dog (sans bun apparently) at a Blue Jay game several years ago. As you can imagine, this caused extreme emotional distress. (Although how it was worse than watching the Blue Jays, I couldn’t tell you.) Anyway, the parties seem destined to see this through to the end, with the trial expecting to last to Thursday.