Game Two Thoughts
The end sucked. We’ll get to that in a second.
So, you know how I mentioned that we’d get a decent idea of whether Bedard is healthy from his velocity and the movement on his curveball? He’s healthy. That curveball was just sick. Forget the ERA – that’s the stuff the M’s were expecting last year. Whether he can continue to stay healthy is obviously up in the air, but for right now, enjoy having two all-star starters back to back.
Gutierrez continues to impress with his approach at the plate. He’s doing a great job of laying off pitches out of the zone and making them throw him something he can handle. So far, our new CF has been nothing but aces.
Chuck Merriwether needed more time in spring training, apparently.
Amy’s comment after seeing Betancourt slide into home safely: “Did the fat guy just score?”
Roy Corcoran – exhibit 8,413 that spring training performances don’t mean much. That was as good as I’ve ever seen him.
Aardsma, on the other hand, had about as bad a 1-2-3 inning as you can have. Let’s just say that his fastball command still needs some work.
Speaking of fastball command, Brandon Morrow… that wasn’t much fun to watch. This isn’t new, of course – Morrow doesn’t have a career BB/9 of six for nothing. He didn’t have much of a spring training, and he’s still working out the kinks. Hopefully it doesn’t take long.
And, finally, the decision to replace him with Batista. Our first chance to really second guess Wak, but this is what it is. I mentioned in the strengths and weaknesses post the other day that his options in the pen are “bad command, worse command, or horrible command”. This is the downside of having a bullpen full of live arms who struggle to throw strikes. Should he have stuck with Morrow? Maybe, but of course, people would be calling for his head if that didn’t work either. At the time of the move, it was a coinflip – the guy who can’t throw strikes and didn’t get a real spring training or the washed up veteran who doesn’t have an out pitch?
It would have been nice to start off 2-0. But, don’t go overboard – it’s still just one game.