So, if there was ever reason not to put too much stock into EITHER Spring Training stats OR the first two starts of the regular season for the rotation, this would be it . . .
Taijuan ~ best spring, worst so far
ST ERA = 0.67 in 27 IP
1st 2 ERA = 17.18 in 7.1 IP
Felix ~ bad spring but, no one was really worried
ST ERA = 10.22 in 12.1 IP
1st 2 ERA = 3.00 in 12 IP
J.A. ~ surprise of the bunch!
ST ERA = 6.11 in 17.2 IP
1st 2 ERA = 2.70 in 13.1 IP
James ~ behind in spring so, expected to start slow
ST ERA = 7.84 in 10.1 IP
1st 2 ERA = 5.11 in 12.1 IP
Kuma ~ decent but short spring, maybe the most worrisome of them all
ST ERA = 3.27 in 11.0 IP
1st 2 ERA = 6.55 in 11.0 IP
not so great tidbit from Gary Hill . . .
BUT, this is precisely why I’m not going to panic just yet – you KNOW the pitching will get better. It’s just in their DNA
As for the hitters
~ Nelson and Ack are really the only starters to have carried over a great spring into the regular season.
~ Robbie, Kyle, Brad and Austin are off to very slow starts after decent springs.
~ Poor Zu had an awesome spring but is really struggling at the plate (glad he is so great behind it)
~ LoMo didn’t have a great spring but, he is running into extremely bad luck so far
~ Seth is really the only one that had a marginal spring but, came out on fire
And the relievers
Trying to assess them in spring, other than health, is an effort in futility with the small amount of work they get. That said . . .
~ The Bartender is on the 15-day DL (due to come off soon – supposedly nothing serious – some sort of collision with Danny in stretching drills).
~ Here’s hoping that Nando got his bad roller coaster endings out of the way early!
~ The “young ones” (Carson and Tyler) are doing great and fitting in
~ The rest of the “old guys” (Danny, Yoervis, Charlie and Dom) are pulling their usual weight nicely
And, from Gary Hill again (always full of interesting tidbits!)
So, that’s the first TEN in a nutshell.
Here’s to much improvement over the next 152 and beyond 🙂