Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Training Game Wrap 2/28/2017: Padres 9 Giants 5

Most of the Giants pitchers for the day stunk it up and the Pathetic Padres took advantage.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .625.  Panik does not seem to have any lingering effects from the concussion he suffered last season.  He may be a big key to the season, .300 with 15 dingers anyone?

Chris Marrero 1B- 1 for 4.  BA= .300.  Marrero smoked a drive off the CF wall and ended up with  single because he slipped and fell rounding 1B. The single drove in 2 runs, though.

Conor Gillaspie 3B- 1 for 2, BB. BA= .500.  Another strong game for Gillaspie.  Does anyone think he could end up being the starter at 3B? or at least the LH side of a platoon which gets about 75% of the starts?

Gordon Beckham LF- 1 for 2, SF.  BA= .400.  You read that right.  Beckham played LF.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 12.00.  7 pitch first inning then gave up 2 in the 2'nd.  Not a problem.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Boring and good.

Clayton Blackburn RHP- 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.75.  Blackburn failed to build on his great first appearance.

Josh Osich LHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 16.20.  Not sure what's wrong with Osich, but he's just not getting it done.  Still time to recover, but he's got to turn it around pretty soon or it's Sacramento for him to try to figure it out.

Bryan Morris RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Sleeper to make the roster.

Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Black seemed healthy.  He was hitting 95-96 on the radar gun.  Best part of the line is 0 BB.


Tomorrow is an evening game with Matt Cain facing the Dodgers with Ty Blach also scheduled to pitch and Joan Gregorio slated to make his spring debut.


Around the League:

Mitch Hanigar out of Cal Poly SLO and the D'Backs organization went 2 for 3, HR(1) for the Mariners and is hitting .375 in the early spring.  Sleeper!

I hate to say this, but Addison Russell is going to have a massive breakout this season.  He hit a 3-run dinger, his second of the spring, for the Cubbies today.

Another sleeper is RHP Seth Lugo of the Mets who pitched 3 scoreless innings today and has 5 shutout frames in his 2 spring starts with 5 K's.

Yet another sleeper:  Greg Bird of the Yankees hit 2 dingers.  He is tailor made for that short RF porch in Yankee Stadium.


  1. Panik: I read that he had concussion issues with his vision all season last year. But during the offseason he got vision therapy and his vision is back to normal. So I wouldn't be surprised by .300/15. At least the .300. 15 might be pushing it, but it's at least in the realm of reasonable chance.

    Bumgarner: I don't worry about his early Spring Training. He seems to start slow.

    Gillespie: I think he may take the spot. He's certainly playing like he wants to take the spot. And, honestly, I'm rooting for him to take it since he was a Giants' draftee all those years ago.

    FWIW, when I read up on the game last night, one of the beat writers (Schulmann) pointed out the wind was carrying out. And that Hernandez came within a couple of inches of a spectacular catch (he tipped it) on a ball that carried and carried and carried...

    "Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez, showing why he has the upper hand in the backup outfield competition, ran down and nearly caught a Jose Pirela drive to center that kept carrying in the wind. The ball ticked off Hernandez’s glove as he fell near the wall, 410 feet from the plate."

    So it's sounding like we may have the new Blanco. Which would be a good thing.

  2. Yankees are excited about Bird -- he lost all of 2016 with surgery to repair a torn labrum. What is that, and how does it happen to a 1Bman?
    Question about fangraphs. They project every team's W-L and even how many runs they'll score and give up.
    I'm not one to question the experts, but why, after the acquisition of an elite closer and another quality starter, would the Giants give up more runs in 2017 than 2016? Because they lost Romo and Casilla?
    And why would they score less, after so many of the Giant key players had down years in 2016? Because they lost Pagan and Blanco?
    A comment re Hernandez: on the radio play-by-play, he gave that AZ-carrying fly ball a heck of an effort and nearly hurt himself on the fall. Great fielding, a man among boys, but he will need to get a hit once in a while!

  3. I would love to see Gillaspie get the majority of the starts at third. Though I think realistically I would expect him to get no more than 300 PA this season.

    Nothing against Nunez, I am just an irrational fan of Gillaspie.