Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/18/2016: Giants 15 Padres 6

Bruce Bochy unveiled his probable regular season starting lineup for the first time this spring with spectacular results as every member of the lineup got at least 1 hit and 6 players had multi-hit games.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 4, 3B, HR(1).  BA= .222.   Maybe we can breath a sigh of relief for Span. He reportedly also made a nice running catch in the OF and did not appear to have any problems with his shoulders.

Matt Duffy 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.  Duffy's bat is heating up after a slow start.

Buster Posey C- 3 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .350.  Anybody else thinking we're in for a huge season from Buster this year?

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .462.  Just stay healthy, Hunter!

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .308.  Crawford seems to be rounding into game shape for the season.  Can he duplicate or even build on last season?

Matt Cain P- 2 for 2.  BA= 1.000.  Bochy is apparently changing his mind about pitchers hitting 8'th.  He says it is because he has the right personnel now, but that seems like a smokescreen to me.  I think he's changed his mind, which is OK.  You want a manager who is open to new ideas.  Not sure how much difference in run production it actually makes, though.

Angel Pagan LF- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, Assist.  BA= .500.  So far, the move to LF has not been an issue.  As we've said many times, when he's healthy, Pagan is a dynamic player.  He doesn't seem to mind hitting 9'th in the lineup either.

Matt Cain RHP-  2.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 10.13.  Forget the ERA here.  What's important is he threw 51 pitches and appeared to be fully healthy.  The FB sat at 91-92 MPH and touched 94 according to Baggs with a sharp, downward breaking curveball.

Sergio Romo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Romo is often not too sharp in the spring.  Giants took it slow with him this year and he's looked good in a couple of appearances.

Cory Gearrin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.42.  Gearrin does not have an option, so there will be a crunch at final cutdown time.

Chris Heston RHP- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 6/0.  The peripherals look great here.  Will Hesto Presto be needed in the rotation to start the season, or will he be the long man in the bullpen?  If he is not in the rotation, will the Giants exercise their option to keep Gearrin?


Madison Bumgarner has apparently recovered from his ouches enough to make his start today facing the A's in Scottsdale.


If you were like me and wondering what happened to Andrew Susac, his wrist flared up and he's been unable to play since Monday.  It's looking like Trevor Brown my open the season as the backup catcher.


Around the League:

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows suffered an orbital fracture after getting hit by a ball while playing catch.  He'll miss 6-8 weeks.

Cincinnati RHP Michael Lorenzen has a sprain of his UCL and will miss time to let it heal.

Red Sox RHP prospect Michael Kopech broke his hand punching a teammate.

1 comment:

  1. I read Bagg's column on Cain. It actually makes me hopeful. He's got his velocity. He's got movement on pitches. And if he's behind the hitters, at least he's moving forward in getting his stuff back, something we weren't really seeing last year.