Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Spring Training Game Wrap 3/3/2015: A's 9 Giants 4
The Giants understandably seemed a big flat in their first game after winning Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, and Marcus Semien made a terrific first impression on his new employers going 3 for 3 with 2 dingers. Key Lines:
Adam Duvall- 2 for 4, HR. Duvall certainly has the toonder in his bat. It's just hard to see where he fits on the active roster. He DH'd in this game.
Madison Bumgarner- 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. A big Mulligan for Bummy as the last thing in the world you want him doing in his first spring training start is getting out of bed throwing his postseason stuff. That is a great way to end up on the DL for a big part of the season or more. Just get your work in and don't get hurt! You can ramp up next start. If he's putting up lines like this in his last spring training start, I'll start to get a wee bit worried.
Tim Lincecum- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. Timmy reportedly looked sharp. I like the 0 BB's and 2 K's. Don't care about the rest. FB was 88-92, sat 89, but with good command.
Erik Cordier- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Anybody else think Cordier may be moving ahead of Hunter Strickland on the depth chart? Cordier is out of options.
Hunter Strickland- 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Strickland pitched in a bit of bad luck and should have been out of the inning by the time Jason Pridie took him deep to RF, but giving up a dinger was hardly the way Strickland wanted to start spring training after giving up 6 in postseason play.
Marcus Semien(A's)- 3 for 3, 2 HR. Hello Marcus Semien! Semien is a guy who I think could be a smart, sneaky play in your fantasy baseball draft. He already had eligibility at 3B and 2B, but probably won't be drafted for those positions. He is the guy the A's want to win the starting SS position. I mean, they traded Jeff Samardzija for him and also traded their two top SS prospects, so he BETTER win the position. It will take about 10 games to gain SS eligibility, but then he not only can play SS on your fantasy team, he will retain his 3B and 2B eligibility. Steamer projects him to have the 9'th best SLG% of all starting SS's and 2B in MLB yet is going completely undrafted in early Yahoo league drafting. Pick him up at the end of your draft, stash him until he gains SS eligibility then trade the SS you started with and move Semien into the position. You not only have a solid SS who will help you in 5 categories, you have some position flexibility to go with him. On the other hand, if he keeps hitting like this, he may not remain a fantasy secret much longer and start to take on helium in drafts.
The Giants and A's meet again tomorrow for the spring home opener in Scottsdale with Jake Peavy starting off on the mound for the Giants. Buster Posey, Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence are scheduled to make their spring debuts.