Some (less than) interesting observations from scouring the boxscores of the first week of spring training baseball...
Johan Santana 2 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs versus the Cardinals on Friday. This is obviously a harbinger of things to come.
Indian Danny "NTAC" Sandoval hit a homer off Astro Geoff Geary. Unfortunately, Buffalo is in the International League and Round Rock is in the PCL, so these two may not face each other again. That should be a big disappointment for all baseball fans.
Alejandro De Aza is poised for a breakout year. After not homering in 144 at-bats last year with Florida, De Aza is leading the Grapefruit League in long balls. He has two in two games. He should immediately jump up on two lists: your rankings for fantasy outfielders and the steroid testing roster.
The newbies are looking good: Feliz is 4-7 and Bruntlett is 3-7. Greg Dobbs is also hot, going 3-5 with a homer and 4 RBI in 3 games. Other Phils homers have been by Howard and future Iron Pig Casey Smith.
Keystone Cup - Florida Edition
The Phils have won the last two Keystone Cups, the fictitious trophy handed out on this blog to the winner of the season series between the Phils and Bucs, but are facing stiffer competition this spring. The teams split their first two meetings this spring, with the Phils evening up the series yesterday with a 5-4 win. After the game, Ian Snell, who pitched three scoreless innings, had this to say, "I own Ryan Howard now." I'm assuming this is part of a little friendly banter between the two, but to be safe, I'm going to make sure Ed Wade didn't actually sell Ryan Howard to Ian Snell at some point during this tenure as Phillies GM. These two trash-talking teams renew their rivaly on the tenth.