Cactus League Game 9/10, Split Squad Day!
Split squad day! Among my most favorite of days! The first game is going to be vs. the Dodgers at the usual time which, tomorrow with Daylight Savings Time, will become unusual. Then game two will be off the radio and a 6:10 in the evening and we will again combat those loathsome Snakes.
How about some lineup action?
That’s pretty much a lineup. The bench will feature Jaso, Miller, Triunfel, JABARI BLASH, Liddi, Sucre, deJesus, Hicks, and Trayvon. I would guess that the bullpen will not see Roenis Elias or Jonathan Arias, though both are listed, instead favouring Furbush, League, Robles, Ruffin, Heilman, and Marquez. But who knows?
This is a second lineup:
P Erasmo Ramirez
The bench here consists of Peguero, Alfredo Morales, Francisco Martinez, Noriega, Baron, Quiroz, Luis Rodriguez, Franklin, and Henriquez. Why does squad B need three backup catchers? I don’t know. I just don’t know. Their pitching staff features Hultzen, Walker, Paxton, Fox, Henn, and Medina in backup capacities. Those of you who have Gameday Audio will be able to listen in on the Arizona portion of the broadcast. Those of us without will weep.
The news from camp today is that Wilhelmsen and Kelley might end up in late relief roles with veterans faltering. Both certainly have the stuff to manage it. I know we went on a sudden reliever splurge at the end of the offseason, but the early returns on that were not especially good and the investment in relative terms, not particularly high. Jim Bowden apparently thinks our rebuilding plan positions us to be the next Rays, which means that our pitching is so interesting that it diverted his attention away from athletic outfielders. The TNT says Peguero is trying to curb the strikeouts. Keep pushing that boulder, kid. And today is the first day of full minor league workouts! They will be working hard even though they will not get to go to Japan, or any place other than the leagues that they are intended to go to.