Spring Training Rundown

I like Spring Training because you can scour over the box scores and they bring you hope. Case in point, today’s win against our hated rival, the loathesome Washington Nationals.

Prime case in point: 

Daniel Cabrera went three innings. He gave up only 2 hits, 0 runs, no walks, and struck out 1.

The Spring Training Optimist says this is the year Cabrera gets it all together. A new pitching coach is going to help him get over the hump. Look at what he did today. He went 3 innings against alot of the Nats’ regulars. Dukes, Pena, Milledge, and Lopez…there’s some talent there. It’s not the Yanks or Red Sox, but he did good and didn’t walk anybody

The Spring Training Realist says if he would have went 4 innings he would have melted down. Cabrera is what he is and he’s an underachiever. He’ll have some good games and then more bad games. It’s the Nats and its only a Spring Training game.

Radhmes Liz, Hayden Penn, Garret Olson, and Ryan Keefer all pitched scoreless innings. Olson struck out 3 over 2 innings of work, but also walked  2. His control is still somewhat suspect, but that’s still a better day for him. McCrory gave up the only run of the day.

Scott Moore drove in 3 runs today, one of those a solo homerun. Costanzo drove in the only other other run. Moore’s going to be making a push to make the 25 man roster. If trades can still be swung for vets like Millar, Mora, Payton, Huff, or Gibbons then his road will be a lot easier. If none of them are traded then he’s going to fighting hard for a reserve role. A day like this should help. I don’t think yesterday’s snafu of blatantly running through Juan Samuel’s stop sign at third and scoring anyway will banish him to Norfolk.

Matt Wieters went 0 for 3 with 3 K’s at DH today. Let’s hope no one jumps off the bridges over this. Plenty of vets have these days (alot of O’s last season did….*ahem* Corey Patterson) and they’ll have plenty more. Wieters is just a kid and seeing major league pitching for the first times. He’ll be in the minors and he’ll learn to hit major league caliber pitching. He’s not going to be catching in Baltimore yet, so there’s no need to rush him.

Steve Trachsel had a good day  yesterday, pitching the O’s to a 7-5 win over the Marlins. Trachsel went 2 innings and gave up 1 hit and struck out 1. Sarfate, Novoa, Acquino, Hoey, Johnson, and Bukvich all pitched scoreless innings. Matt Albers and Randor Bierd both gave up 2 runs apiece in their own innings of work.

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