Monday, March 07, 2016
Spring Training- What We've "Learned" So Far
Aaron Nola is a wannabe. C'mon, dude (or should I say "dud") gave up 4 runs in 2 innings and has an unsightly 18.00 ERA. Clearly not ready to handle MLB action, send him back down to Rookie ball.
Edubray Ramos has NO control! 5 walks in a mere 2.1 innings. His 2014 - 2015 walk rates must be a outlier (2.1 walks per 9 innings pitched).
Cedric Hunter may be an unknown minor league lifer now, but come April he'll become a MLB superstar. How could he not be with 6 RBI and a 1.036 OPS through 5 Grapefruit League games?
Watching yesterday's game against the Yankees, I couldn't help but think "This is likely Charlie Morton's best start of the season." Glad I tuned into the meaningless game.
Ryan Howard is going to go hitless for the entire 2016 season, but Pete Mackanin plays him everyday regardless, due to "what he's meant to the organization". Then the Phillies do the unthinkable and actually pickup Howard's 2017 option, claiming "he's due for a rebound".
The Phillies are 3-3 through the first week of Spring Training games. That equates to an 81-81 record over the course of an entire season. Seems legit.
For those of you that haven't been able to decipher the amount of cynicism in my writing, shame on you.