Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/12/2015: Giants 7 White Sox 4

I"m going to just ignore the Will Ferrell silliness and focus on the game here.  A few position battles started to take shape as the Giants topped the ChiSox in Glendale, AZ.  Key Lines:

Brandon Hicks(PH-DH)- 1 for 1, HR(1), BB, SB(1).  BA= .231.  Hicks is not competing for a MLB position, but may be auditioning for another organization or for a minor league gig with the Giants.

Travis Ishikawa(1B)- 1 for 2, HR(1), 3 BB.  BA= .500.   At this point, Travis would have to go 0 for the rest of the spring or get injured to lose a roster spot.

Hector Sanchez(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .333.  Don't look now, but The Hector is winning the backup catcher job and it's not real close at this point.

Justin Maxwell(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .188.  Maxwell started the spring ice cold, but the last roster spot is his to lose.  Now that his bat has awakened, if he continues to hit, I think he will be starting in the OF for the Giants on Opening Day and will hang around at least until Pence gets off the DL.

Gary Brown(CF)- 0 for 2.  BA= .235.  As Maxwell's bat heats up, Brown's is fading.

Matt Duffy(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .294.  Man, do I ever wish there was a roster spot for The Duffman!  Alas, he will likely start the season in AAA barring a late spring training trade.

Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 1 for 3, HBP, CS.  BA= .235.  And Adrianza is a lock for a roster spot barring a trade.  He would never clear waivers.

Madison Bumgarner(LHP)- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.95.  Rocky first inning, then settled down.

Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Gregorio's stock is on the rise.  He will likely start the season in San Jose with an outside shot at AA if he continues to impress in camp.

Chris Stratton(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.00.  Another frustrating appearance for Stratton.  Probably ticketed for AA.

Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.20.  I don't see a roster spot for Strickland unless somebody starts the season on the DL or somebody gets traded.

Steven Okert(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.70.  Okert has been impressive in camp.  He is auditioning for a AAA gig and a shot at replacing whichever one of Lopez or Affeldt's contracts is up next year or maybe eventually being a 3'rd lefty in the pen this year.

Jean Machi(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.50.  The 5'th an final non-reserve-starter bullpen slot is Machi's to lose.  He tightened his grip on it today.

The Giants play the Rangers tomorrow afternoon.  Not sure who is pitching.  Peavy?

4 comments:

  1. If Sanchez doesn't pull a muscle, take a few consecutive pitches off his mask, or go nearly oh-fer the rest of camp -AND- (a logical AND, both conditions are necessary) Lincecum gets the 5th slot, Hector will be Timmy's catcher every 5th game.
    But there's still a long way to go and either guy can go bad, but they are connected, as they have been almost forever.
    Susac? Raley field is 84.6 miles from AT&T.
    Maxwell may well be the 3rd outfielder, replacing Aoki not Blanco!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I should say that Juan P is still very much in the mix, but I am getting the feeling Maxwell is the guy the Giants want to win a roster spot.

      Delete
  2. I am surprised that Ishikawa is not playing the OF. I know he will not be very good OF. etc. etc. But it is spring training; we know he can play 1B, and we need someone to fill in OF.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe he has played some OF this spring

      Delete