Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/19/2018: Indians 5 Giants 4

The Giants were never able to overcome 2 early dingers with 4 RBI's by Yonder Alonso.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .395.  Belt has quietly had one of the more impressive springs I can recall him having, although I see he has 29 career dingers in 503 spring AB's.  Is this finally his big breakout year?

Jarrett Parker RF- 1 for 1, HR(3), Assist(Home).  BA= .243.  It's down to Parker, Gorkys and Gregor Blanco for the last 2 OF roster spots.  Any teams out there in need of a good reserve OF?

Pablo Sandoval 3B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .308.  Pabs is a lock for reserve CI.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 3.  BA= .325.  Crawford is quietly having a great spring.

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 4.  BA= .268.  Duggar has cooled off a bit.  He survived cutdown day, but in order for the Giants to keep him, they would have to give up 2 out of Parker, Gorkys and Blanco.  I don't see that happening.  Also, the Giants are not going to keep Duggar on the bench and Austin Jackson appears to have won the starting CF job.

Gregor Blanco LF- 0 for 1, BB, SF.  BA= .333.  Blanco has all but won one of he reserve OF jobs leaving Parker and Gorkys to fight it out over the other one.

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 1 for 1.  BA= .308.  It's down to Kelby and Josh Rutledge for the reserve MI role.  Rutledge has more power potential, but I think Kelby plays the better SS.  I'll take Kelby.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.79.  Cueto says no worries.  He'll be ready for the regular season.  Let's all hope so.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.75.  Watson had a rough first half last year.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.00.  Melancon seemed sharp in this tuneup.


It was cutdown day.  The Giants optioned OF's Mac Williamson and Austin Slater to Sacramento as well as RHP's Tyler Beede, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez.  They reassigned LHP Andrew Suarez and RHP Joan Gregorio to minor league camp along with C's Justin O'Conner, Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez, IF's Chase d'Arnaud, Orlando Calixte and Kyle Jensen plus OF Chris Shaw.

The big surprise here was how early Big Mac got cut, but the #1 priority for him is to get AB's and he wasn't going to get those by hanging around the big club longer.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Jon Gray RHP, Rockies- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 6.75.  Gray has dominant upside.  I just don't like drafting Rockies pitchers due to Coor's Field.

David Dahl OF, Rockies- 2 for 4, 2B. BA= .228.  I'm a huge David Dahl fan, but it looks like he is losing the numbers game since the Rockies re-signed CarGo.

Ryan McMahon OF/1B, Rockies- 1 for 2, HR(2), BB.  BA= .339.  McMahon might also be getting pushed out by the numbers crunch.  No fantasy value if you are not playing.

Carlos Gomez OF, Rays- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .333.  Gomez makes a nice under-the-radar pick.

Blake Snell LHP, Rays- 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 1.54.  Snell had a big second half last year.

Yoan Moncada 2B, White Sox- 2 for 4.  BA= .234.  Moncada has huge upside.  He does strike out a lot which will tend to suppress his BA.

Welington Castillo C, White Sox- 2 for 4.  BA= .296.  I picked up Castillo for awhile last year to replace an injured Salvador Perez.  He was great for my fantasy team.  He has a path to many more PA's this season.

Carson Fulmer RHP- White Sox- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 11.81.  Fulmer makes an interesting follow, but I would not trust him just yet.

Derek Dietrich OF/IF, Marlins- 1 for 2, HR(4).  BA= .342.  Sleeper/Breakout alert?

Ozzie Albies 2B, Braves- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .314.  Albies is looking like a monster.  Could be your last chance to draft him in a keeper league.

Steven Matz LHP, Mets- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 7.88.  Forget the spring ERA.  The important thing is Matz seems to be healthy.

Gregory Polanco OF, Pirates- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .389.  Bounceback alert!

Josh Bell 1B, Pirates- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .237.  Bell had a strong season last year and should continue steady improvement.

Aaron Altherr OF, Phillies- 2 for 4, HR(2), BB, SB(2).  BA= .244.  Breakout alert.  The only questions in my mind for Altherr are playing time and health.  If he is in a platoon with Nick Williams, it greatly hurts his fantasy value.

Drew Hutchison RHP, Phillies- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 3.45.  I'm not ready to jump on the Hutchison bandwagon, but with good pitching in such short supply, he is a must-follow.

Alex Wood LHP, Dodgers- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.92.  A lot of Dodger fans are still sore that Dave Roberts picked Yu Darvish to start that last WS game over Wood.

Kendall Graveman RHP, A's- 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 7.57.  Graveman has his games, but has never found consistency.  Follow.


  1. Interesting Sacramento OF: Duggar, Williamson, Slater, and Shaw.
    That could well be the 2019 SF OF along with Jackson -- plus maybe a 26-yearnold FA named Bryce.
    A lost cause OF in 2017 to a star-studded 2019?

    1. I was thinking the same thing about 2019 starting OF!

      I would still like to have Parker in the mix for the starting OF in 2019 too, but that don't seem possible right now unless we keep him in the majors all season.

  2. .More than likely DUGGAR will go to SAC and it's fine..and i like Jackson's bat.......but..even though he's cooled down at the plate, the last two games have shown how he could help the Giants even if not hitting great..Manufacting a run on Sunday with a bunt hit and smart running to second..and his fielding that no Giant OF can aproach yesterday..His time as the Giants starting CF cant come soon enough


  3. I'm plenty happy with what Roberts did. :^)

    I get why D-ger fans might have been happier with Wood starting over Darvish, based on what he did in relief, but that's just wishful thinking. At the start of Game 7, Wood had a career 5.02 ERA with the Dodgers in the playoffs, and with a low .171 BABIP, his FIP was even worse, at 6.90. Please, I would have loved to have seen Wood starting.

    That's nothing like the Giants when they could have had Krukow over Hammaker, or Rueter over Livan, Kruk and Rueter both had the guts for the big moments like that, tough, not like Hammaker or Livan. Livan talked about how he was up for big games like that, but my image of him chasing an old man with a golf club makes me think that, no, he don't have the steady nerves, the killer instinct, to handle big moments like those.