Monday, February 22, 2010
Pitchers and catchers reported on Saturday, which was not a day too soon as I'm in my usual Winter funk and getting ready to make a balloon noose. My expectations for 2010 are much higher coming into spring than they were in beginning of the off-season. I know I said I was throwing in the towel a long time ago, but I was just pissed off about not bringing back the Hobo. (Rest assured that I will continue to follow Kendall and update you on his bean situation throughout the year!)
The most interesting thing about spring training has to be the pitching. With a lot of competition for the 5 spot in the rotation it will be interesting to see who impresses. Personally, I'd like to see Narveson get the spot, but I realize that's a long shot. I don't know what the hell they are going to do with Suppan, but his job is definitely in jeopardy. Like I've mentioned before, Bush and Suppan have zero value in the bullpen. Bush always has a rocky first inning and Suppan just plain sucks.
I predicted long, long ago that Jonathan Lucroy would be at the very least the backup catcher. With Zaun being 38, whoever is the backup should get plenty of playing time. Then again it's Macha, so he'll probably play 140 games. What I don't want to see is Lucroy getting no playing time and having a breakdown like Gamel. I think Lucroy has a real future and I don't want to see him mismanaged.
I'm working on a 2010 preview post that should be up by weeks end. I feel reinvigorated!
One thing is for sure, I'm ready for baseball!