"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something." - Thomas A. Edison
"I have found that people who can successfully resist temptation invariably lead depressingly stunted lives." — C.D. Payne
"So don't weep for me now, my friends, because science insists that I have not died.
Energy just always changes state and I refuse to believe that human consciousness is the sole exception to this universal law."
- Mark Millar
"Do only butterflies die in flames? What about those devoured by the flames within them?" - E.M. Cioran

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just In From the Desert

Another bummer of a game offensively, although Justin Masterson did lower his ERA to 14.54 and Shin-Soo Choo did launch this solo homer that had the vendors beyond the outfield lawn ducking for cover.

Hot CornerLonnie Chisenhall (.333) took his turn in the spring platoon and proceeded to ring up a pair of Ks in his only two trips.  Chiz Kid will have to start mashing to win the starting spot.

#5Scottie Barnes (0.00), who the media don't want you to believe is competing for the 5th spot, pitched two scoreless frames, allowing two hits and fanning a pair.  No matter what anyone tells you, everyone is competing.  If Barnes finishes the spring with an ERA under one and all of the other possibles struggle, he will be in the rotation.

Left Of CenterMatt LaPorta (.000) played the entire game, although I think just about everyone (including Matt) wishes that he had not.  Matty went 0-for-4 with 2 Ks and is now hitless in 10 spring at bats.  Felix Pie (.250) started in center (remember that CF is where he will be playing) and fared a bit better, singling in three trips.  Pie has flashed the leather that he is known for, so even a middling spring offensively will likely earn him a spot.

Somewhere Out ThereRuss Canzler (.308) doubled in a run in the 7th and continues to show a bat that might be big enough to stick.  Ezequiel Carrera (.300) & Fred Lewis (.167) were each 0-for-1.

Bench MeJose Lopez (.556), the (cough) former all-star, laced a sharp single in three trips and is looking more and more like a guy that Manny Acta will want as his utility man.  Andy LaRoche (.500) went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored, but is not getting a lot of PT.

Mightier Than the SwordJeremy Accardo (3.00) overcame three straight singles to begin the 9th, limiting the damage to one run and ending the inning with a strikeout.  Hector Ambriz (2.25) surrendered a leadoff jack in the 8th, but sent the next three down 1-2-3, including a punch out of his own.

Remember, kids, to spring ahead tonight, which means that the games will generally be @ 4:05p from now on. Tomorrow's slate features split squad action with Kevin Slowey facing the Rangers and David Huff taking on the Angels.  The latter will be carried on the MLB Network.


Pretty Girl 03.10.12 - Laura McKeeman

I found this one watching the Pac-12 (ugh) basketball tournament.  She's a "social media maven" or some such nonsense, which is not nearly as important as how damn fine she is.  And, yes, I know it's two Laura's in a row.  Deal with it.