MLB Spring Training Camp Musings

Blake VandeBunteContributor IMarch 9, 2010

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 02:  Relief pitcher Kris Medlen #54 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the New York Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field on March 2, 2010 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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There really wasn’t much that caught my eye on the offensive side today. Many things to talk about though, from today's pitching performances to my usual daily dose of useless random observations.

Max Scherzer watched his ERA rise to 30.86 today as he lasted only a third of an inning. He was pulled after allowing five runs on four hits and three walks. Over at Scherzer has a few things to say in regards to his slow start .

I hate to keep making excuses for the kid but trust me Max Scherzer is a much better pitcher than this.

Casey Crosby made his Spring Training debut today.

He surrendered two consecutive singles, followed by two walks. He struggled with command and looked very uncomfortable in his brief appearance.

While many folks are displeased with what they saw or heard today, don’t read too much into it. Command has always been an issue for Crosby. He will work things out down on the farm and yes, he still is the real deal.

Robbie Weinhardt continues to impress me down here.

He entered the game with nobody out and the bases loaded for the second time this spring. He limited the damage by inducing back to back ground outs and striking out Brandon Hicks.

He is getting no ink from the press or fellow bloggers and I’m surprised. I am starting to feel like I am campaigning for the kid. 

Wait till y’all see this kid pitch! Weinhardt has picked up right where he left off last season. He should be at least considered for a spot this season.

Phil Coke has also been pretty solid as he pitched a scoreless inning today.

Perhaps it won’t happen as soon as I’d like, but at some point this season I believe he will join the rotation.He will quietly become a fan favorite too.

Move over Maggs hat hair give away day. The Phil Coke mullet hat hair day is vastly approaching!

Joel Zumaya scattered two hits but settled down and got out of the inning without surrendering a run. It is also worth noting that he is still injury free!

Dontrelle Willis tossed two scoreless innings again. That’s not a typo! Zero hits and one walk, also not a typo.

I wore my D-Train jersey today to the stadium and like most folks, I really want him to succeed. At this point though I treat him like Glass Joel Zumaya: carefully and with limited expectations.

Hopefully this run continues into the regular season.

Handy Links

My prayers have been answered apparently. Ryan Strieby
will be working in the outfield this season in AAA Toledo.

Casey Fien is on the move again from the Tigers to the Red Sox to the Blue Jays in just one week.

I will return with more next weekend, unfortunately I must get back to work.

*Stay Classy Tiger Nation


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