3 Grapefruit League games, 3 losses. 7 runs scored, 24 surrendered. Who cares?
Notice in the above it reads "Grapefruit League games" not "National League games". These losses mean nothing. Regulars Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, and Pedro Feliz haven't had 1 at bat yet. Trusted members of the staff Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Brad Lidge, Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, and Clay Condrey haven't faced a single batter yet. Like I said, these games mean nothing. However, that doesn't mean I'm not interested or won't be following the games.
10-3 loss to the Reds. Andrew Carpenter couldn't retire a batter to start the game, giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Notable outings: Madson went 1 scoreless inning, Romero went 2 scoreless innings picking off 2 runners, Victorino collected 2 hits, Ibanez had another rbi, and Pablo Ozuna hit the Phils first homerun of the spring.
Tampa Bay rolls into Clearwater with Pat Burrell in tow. Charlie Manuel told his pitchers to "strike him out" by "going right at him". Werth is set to start today. Kyle Kendrick takes the mound against the Rays in what is hopefully a step in the right direction of KK regaining confidence.
Shane Victorino has been added to Team USA's roster for the WBC in place of the ailing Grady Sizemore. He joins buddy Jimmy Rollins on America's bench. Hopefully each will get playing time in preparation for the regular season. And hopefully USA teammate Chipper Jones doesn't strike up a conversation with trash-talking J-Roll or Civil War II may occur.