Cactus League Game # Twenty-something, Mariners at Cubs
Erasmo Ramirez vs. Jeff Samardzija, 1:05pm
Apropos of last night’s musings on the AL West race, a friend sent me this link from Joe Peta’s “trading bases” blog. Peta’s an ex-Wall Street trader who immersed himself in sabermetrics and decided to make his living betting on baseball. You may have heard about it at ESPN or the saber-slanted sections of the baseball blogosphere. Anyway, Peta made a fairly bold prediction for 2014: The M’s will win the West. Not sure if this bold call comes as a result of some favorable lines (I could see that) or just the gap between actual and expected runs allowed (mostly due to terrible situational pitching from the ‘pen last year).
Erasmo appears to have one of the rotation spots sewn up, though I have no idea what McClendon and Waits have in mind. I’d think Erasmo’s upside would get him the nod even if the club really wanted to keep both Wolf and Baker, but who knows. A good performance today would help clarify things.
Cool link from Beyond the Box Score that aggregates the M’s top prospect lists from various sources into one amalgamated ranking. No surprise at the top, of course, but I’ve been a bit surprised by the near unanimity to the view that DJ Peterson’s the second best prospect. (Hat tip, Lookout Landing).
1: Almonte, CF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Cano, 2B
4: Smoak, 1B
5: Hart, DH
6: Morrison, RF
7: Ackley, LF
8: Franklin, SS
9: Buck, C
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Aroldis Chapman, who was hit in the head by a line-drive that some speculate was going over 110mph in last night’s Royals/Reds game. He seems to have escaped more serious injury, but man that was ugly. This, and the more expected news that Brandon Beachy will indeed have TJ surgery, would seem to cap a rough spring for pitchers and pitcher health.