I heard a great comment on ROOT Monday night – your odds of winning are much greater when a team scratch out runs over multiple innings than relying on one big inning. We have seen quite a few times when we score 3, 4, or 5 runs early in the game only to put the bats away and watch our lead slip through our fingers.
Colvin has looked awful this spring. I suggest option him and keep an extra IF for the final roster spot either it be Hererra or LeMahieu. I think Pacheco and Brignac are the two bench infielders. Adding Hererra or LeMahieu is far better than suffering through Colvin’s automatic outs when the games count. If we need another OF, Blackman is at the Springs bus stop.
Garland is the best off season acquisition since Mark Wiley was hired. Garland had something like 11 ground ball outs over six innings including two GIDPs. Took way fewer pitches than 90 to get through six innings.
I hope Torrealba ends up with the Rockies and Hernandez sent packing somewhere else.
Arenado did prove he was about ready, but due to numbers and money game Chris Nelson will be the starting third baseman at least to start the season. I hope they assign NoDo to AA instead of AAA because it’s more difficult to hit in Tulsa than Springs with humidity in Tulsa.
I love Walt Weiss’ preaching of being aggressive AND smart at the same time. Being aggressive going first to third but out at third by ten feet doesn’t do us any favors. Also love WW’s preaching ground balls to pitchers. And RWO will be sending WW a huge Xmas gift as a thank you for canning the run on contact tactic. Francis and Garland are perfect examples for the young pitchers to learn how to pitch to contact and keep the ball on the ground.
Patrick Saunders of DP has been hearing that Corpas was the slight favorite over Volstad. I was thinking no way! Tonight IMHO Volstad knocked out Corpas for the final bullpen spots assuming Ottavino and Escalona has two of the long relief spots. Other than the first batter Volstad faced, he induced all ground balls. Corpas looked bad tonight and that was against hitters wearing the 80s and 90s on their uniform.
Five more days until I see the first pitch at Miller Park. Plaaaay baaall!!!!!