> The Brewers’ Spring Training season ended on a sour note today with a 14-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Since it was the last game of the spring, the two teams played in the Diamondbacks actual home stadium, Chase Field, rather than their ST complex. The ball typically flies pretty far there, but 14 runs is sort of outrageous.
On the bright side, though, Corey Hart showed that he was ready for the Opening Day roster with a two-run homer off Joe Saunders. It was his first Major League game of the spring (he’d played in a few Minor League games prior to this). But it’s good to know the outfield won’t be in a flux to start the season.
But, three pitchers who had looked good practically all spring prior to today got mauled. Shaun Marcum, who had one Major League start this spring before today, was shelled for five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. Manny Parra, who had been having a great spring after missing all of 2011, gave up five runs without even recording an out. Tim Dillard also gave up three runs in just 1 2/3 innings, after I’ve been pretty high on him all spring.
Obviously, these outings don’t really matter at this point, since they’re pretty much guaranteed spots on the Opening Day roster. But hopefully this isn’t a premonition of things to come during the regular season for these pitchers.
> It was announced today that Travis Ishikawa made the Opening Day roster over Brooks Conrad, and thank goodness he did. I don’t care how versatile Conrad is- if he can’t hit or play defense, it sort of negates the versatility.
> The Cardinals won their Opening Daygame in Miami today at the Marlins’ new ballpark, and made them look pretty foolish. Kyle Lohse took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and the Cards ended up winning, 4-1. They’ll now travel to Milwaukee tonight, have a workout tomorrow, and play the Brewers on Friday.
> The Reds locked up Joey Votto yesterday, with a 10-year, $225 million deal that came completely out of nowhere. But it doesn’t surprise me- Votto has been a great player for the Reds over the past few years, with a .313 career batting average. He also has an NL MVP under his belt that he took home in 2010.
But Votto is a Brewers-killer, and it looks like he’ll continue that until 2024. He and his left-handed, power-hitting buddy Jay Bruce have murdered the Brewers the past few years.
> And that’s about it. I won’t have another post up until Opening Day, but let me tell you I’m pumped. Opening Day should just become a national holiday at some point.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.