I have Spring Break this week, which means bonus baseball! I headed down to Lakeland this afternoon to catch the Mets against the Tigers. After yesterday’s cancelled game, this proved to be a parade of pitching prospects and did not disappoint in that regard. It DID disappoint in that it was the third tie game in a row, but, Spring Training, doesn’t count, whatever. A few notes from today:
– Smyly’s line looked good and people seemed pleased with his start, but I need to point out that watching him pitch felt like watching Penny. His pace was so. so. slow. I don’t know if this is normal for him or if he was being extra careful because he knows he’s competing for a spot, but it was tiring to watch.
– Jackson had good contact, for which my section cheered heartily. Inge also had good contact, also earning cheers from us. Cabrera was Cabrera. I don’t get to see him hit in person often but am always so impressed with his swing. Everything people say it is and more. Avila had two beautiful hits and Laird, LAIRD, hitting a double! Amazement! Really, overall, the hitting was what it has been all spring. Nice stuff.
– Turner needs time, which I think all of us know and saying so is kind of beating a dead horse. He got beat up pretty badly. I don’t worry about them rushing him through the system after seeing what else we have out there, but I still feel the need to plead with people to give him time to develop.
– Avila had two beautiful throws to Inge at second but didn’t get the call on either of them.
– I feel like Balester has kind of been lost since we’re so focused on who our fifth starter will be, but I’ve been impressed with him so far.
– Speaking of fifth starters, I think I’m officially casting my vote for Oliver. Yes, he was pitching against mostly second string today, but he looked great doing it and his control has improved significantly. No walks in four innings! Two broken bats! Hooray!
This has nothing to do with the game, but I’m sure you’ve all heard that Pauley was released. I could hear the Tigers faithfully collectively saying “No, really?” in a sarcastic tone at hearing this.
You all want pictures, right? Here you go: