It was another game this spring where the offense struggled to score runs. Granted, many of the players that were in the lineup don’t figure to be in the regular lineup but it still continues a trend this spring where the offense is sputtering. Some players have produced, but as a team they’re only hitting .220/.300/.375. It’s nothing to worry about per se, but it still does raise the eyebrow just a tad.
Of the regulars, Alec Bohm and Andrew McCutchen have hit the ball the best and most consistently this spring, a hopeful portend of things to come. Bryce Harper has a 1.000 OPS right now, signaling he’s locked in and ready to roll (we’ll worry about the defense later). Roman Quinn has gotten hot lately, likely making my leaving him off the final roster look quite stupid in fact. So there are some good performances, but also some bad. We all know Scott Kingery is struggling and if they had a competent backup for the shortstop position, he’d likely be ticketed for Lehigh Valley. Didi Gregorius has popped a couple of home runs, but has struggled to get hits other than that. Jean Segura just likes singles apparently.
Again, it’s nothing to really worry about right now. It’s still spring training and the players know when the lights come on, it’s time to focus in and be ready.
On to the links.
- The job for center field will go down to the final few at bats from the looks of things. I’m sticking with projection, going down with the ship.
- The bullpen jobs also need to be sorted out and with several opt-out dates approaching, that could also be sorted out soon.
- Jeff Mathis was granted his requested release yesterday. A minor surprise that they aren’t going to carry him on the taxi squad, but still time for that I guess.
- ESPN completed their top 100 players yesterday.
- MLB is going to be using Statcast in order to help them police the game a little more when it comes to pitchers doctoring the ball. Somewhere, Trevor Bauer makes a YouTube video...
- Fernando Tatis, Jr. is fine after a shoulder injury on Tuesday. He’ll be ready for the opener.
- Twenty trade candidates for the season. See any future Phillies?