This and that
Here are a few items that didn’t make it into any of the stories today…
– I had the day off on Saturday so I didn’t get to see it, but Travis Blackley’s line looked pretty ugly — three innings, eight hits and four runs.
“He struggled some,” D-backs manager Bob Melvin said. “He got behind some guys. He got out
of a couple of jams and a little bit later on, he didn’t get out of the
jams. Probably not what he was looking for.”
It seems like the entire competition for the final few spots in the bullpen has not been what the D-backs are looking for. Melvin went out of his way to say that there is still time for the pitchers to make an impression and that “everyone is in the same boat.”
Sometimes this spring it has seemed that boat had “Titanic” plastered along the side of it.
Anyway, these next couple of weeks are going to be pivotal in this battle.
“The significance of the outings are more so as we go on,” Melvin said. “You see how guys respond with some pressure on them.”
– Typically in this space we are very much in favor of outfielders hitting the cutoff man, but Justin Upton took that a little too literally on Saturday.
Again, I was not there Saturday, but this is the story that was going around the clubhouse.
Second baseman Felipe Lopez dove to his right for a ball that got through the infield and was fielded by Upton in right. Upton came up throwing to the plate to try and cut off a run and his throw nailed Lopez who was kneeling on the ground. Ouch.
–The sloppy play by the D-backs has certainly been a sore spot for Melvin especially with all the early work the team has been doing on fundamentals.
– Maybe it’s just me, but I like what I’ve seen from Mark Reynolds at the plate this spring. The strikeout total is still high, but it seems like he’s having better at-bats.
– And you heard it here first — Chad Tracy is going to have a very good season.