Let's move to the hot corner in our tour around the diamond, where we find Placido Polanco. Polly plays great defense, and when healthy is a solid 2-hole hitter because of his ability to make contact, hit for average, and go the other way. However, "when healthy" hasn't been too much over the past 2 seasons in Philly. Hernias and elbow problems have forced him onto the DL and made his bat punchless. He's a career .301 hitter over 14 seasons with nearly 2000 hits, but at age 36 he's in obvious decline, as he's become nothing more than a singles hitter. I'm predicting Ty Wigginton gets a start a week at 3rd, so Polly's games played are going to be in line with what he's averaged the past 2 years with the Phillies.
Placido Polanco/3B - 128 G, .286/.702, 69 R, 21 DBL, 5 HR, 54 RBI.
Over or under?
*It might only be spring training, but Dontrelle Willis' performance has been awful (2 G, 1.2 IP, 27.00 ERA, 4.80 WHIP, 3 BB, .500 OPP AVG). He also reported a sore arm after his outing yesterday. Joe Savery, are you ready?
*Scott Podsednick is batting .500/1.475 with 3 doubles. Watch out Juan Pierre.
*Jim Thome is going to play first base on Monday in a minor league game. I'm hoping he's able to withstand the rigors of playing the field 15-20 games this season.