Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/24/2018: River Cats 6 Giants 5

Two teams labelled as the San Francisco Giants and the Sacramento River Cats played a game last night.  Actually, the the starting lineup for the Giants was mostly their projected Opening Day starting lineup although the starting pitcher was Shaun Anderson who has not pitched above A ball.  Anyway, the River Cats won and a good time was had by all.  Key Lines(Actually, there weren't really any Key Lines except for a few pitching lines):

For the Giants, 9 players had a total of 10 hits. Hunter Pence had 2. 4 of the 10 hits were doubles by Andrew McCutchen, Austin Jackson, Steven Duggar and Jonah Arenado(yes, he wore a Giants uniform even though he has not played above A ball either).

Sam Dyson RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  Somewhat encouraging although the River Cats lineup is not the Dodgers.

On the River Cats side of he ledger, Orlando Calixte and Ryder Jones had 3 hits each.  Kyle Jensen and Jerry Sands hit HR's.  Jensen and Miguel Gomez had 2 hits each.  Gomez made 2 errors.

Casey Kelly RHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  Kelly is a deep sleeper.  Remember he was once a very highly touted pitching prospect who was once traded for Anthony Rizzo.  He's been beset by injuries in recent years but may be back to full health now.

DJ Snelton LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  If there is room for an extra pitcher in the bullpen, Snelton should get consideration.

Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  Maronta seems very close to being able to hold down a MLB bullpen role.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Didi Gregorius SS, Yankees- 1 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .275.  In Didi I believe!

Drew Hutchison RHP, Phillies- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.75.  Hutch has disappointed many times, but maybe he's finally fully healthy?  Probably would not draft him, but worth a follow.

Trevor Richards RHP, Marlins- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.75.  Who is Trevor Richards?  He put up an ERA of 2.53 with 158 K's against 30 BB's in 146 IP, last year at 2 levels, A+ and AA.  It looks like he has won a spot in the Marlins rotation.  Definitely worth a follow.

Ian Happ 2B/CF, Cubs- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .333.  Happ seems to have won the starting CF job for the Cubs.  His stock has taken on major helium.


  1. The Giants announced they're using 4 starters until April 10th. After that, I don't know.

    1. albert suarez is likely gonna be offered back, so the giants may use albert suarez as a bridge until shark returns

  2. Maybe they should give Kelly a shot. It sure any other options have that potential.

  3. Welcome to America:

    "Ohtani has struggled on the mound and at the plate in his limited exposure in spring training games. In two spring starts, he allowed nine hits and nine runs in 2⅔ innings, flashing plus stuff but also struggling with his command and serving up three home runs. At the plate, he has gone 3-for-28 with nine strikeouts, three walks and no extra-base hits."

    So does he get optioned to AAA so he can adjust a bit and get on track, or do the Angels keep him on the 25-man?

    1. Sending him down would probably be best for both him and the organization, but it would be a public relations disaster after all the pre-signing hype.

    2. Agree on Ohtani. He seems humble so want to see him succeed.

      On a more positive note, the Phils signed 2nd base prospect Scott Kingery to a 6 year $21 mil contract with no MLB experience, meaning he made the team. Smart move? I picked him up in fantasy since my other option is J Villar so I'm thinking my team may have lucked out, so happy Kingery was available!


    3. I totally agree with DrB, PR disaster to send him down, and if you read recent articles, in spite of his struggles, they are still talking about him making the team. Perhaps they put him on the roster but make him the long reliever?

      With a 6-man rotation, though, maybe that gives him more time to figure out things, as he's pitching once a week, then can work on things in between, though presumably he wants to be hitting too. Plus, I have to think jitters and adrenaline were not his friend, maybe once he settles down?

      Still, I think he made his decision more for the endorsements aspect, as there is a huge Korean population in that area, since he's not making much money via the MLB right now.

      If he wanted to be a better pitcher, he should have picked an organization with a history of developing pitchers, like the Giants, and not the Angels, who has not really developed many high level pitching prospects, just Lackey and Weaver. And I never thought of Weaver being all that good either. But maybe I just don't know the Angel's history.

  4. It's official, Blach will start opening day in place of Bumgarner. He's done well against LA in the past so I'm hoping it'll happen again.