Ryne Sandberg has gone on record as to wanting to keep his bench bats fresh. Not sure why when the bench consists of perennial duds like Jayson Nix, Freddy Galvis, and John Mayberry. But hey, I'm not a MLB manager. The one that baffles me the most is Galvis, who is batting a robust .056 (1-18). Through parts of 3 seasons he's a career .223/.624 hitter with atrocious on base skills. His only value lies within his glove work and versatility.
Since activating Galvis from the DL on April 11th, Sandberg has plugged him into the game one way or another 7 times in 11 games. WHY?!?!?!?!?!?! Maybe Sandberg thinks he has upside. After all, Freddy is still young (24), but he's never shown the ability to hit in the minors either (.245/.616 in 591 games). Perhaps it's because Cody Asche is also struggling (.196/.579). All I know is that Freddy Galvis sucks at hitting and I cringe every time he's at the plate.
Onto happier news...Cole Hamels makes his 2014 debut tonight in Los Angeles.