Daily Archives: March 28, 2016
Dodgers Closing In On 2016 Roster
As the Dodgers are getting ready to break camp on Wednesday and head home to begin the annual Freeway Series with the Angels, it is a perfect time to speculate on the final 25-man roster. Team officials are surely losing sleep over all of the injuries the team has endured throughout spring training and are crossing fingers the blood-letting is over. The 14-car pile-up that is the Dodgers current injury list (yes, that many) could make for some interesting roster decisions.
Starting Pitching Staff (5 spots)
One through four is an easy call with ace Clayton Kershaw (great spring, raring to go as usual) leading the way, followed by Scott Kazmir (luckily his abdominal issue turned out only to be a dehydration cramp the other day), then a very solid looking Kenta Maeda, an ever-improving Alex Wood, followed by, drum roll, please…the insert-a-new-name-every-five-days-guy. I am only half-kidding. Due to injuries to #5 frontrunners, Mike Bolsinger (left oblique), and Brandon Beachy (left arm soreness), and no clearcut winner for the job between Carlos Frias and Zach Lee, it looks like we will get a combination of the two depending upon match-ups. Then when Bolsinger and Beachy are ready, they, too, will probably join the #5 parade. This sounds a lot like last year’s “drive to find number five,” which was pretty much a disaster…
New York Mets Pitcher, Matt Harvey, Could Miss Opening Day
Two years ago, New York Mets right-handed pitcher, Matt Harvey, was sidelined after tearing his UCL. This injury required Tommy John Surgery, which sidelined Harvey for over a year. After returning from Tommy John Surgery, Matt Harvey had a great 2015 season in which he threw 189.1 innings with a 13-8 record, 2.71 ERA, 188 strikeouts, and 37 walks. Through his short 2.5 year career, he has posted some incredibly good numbers that include a 2.53 ERA and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. So far this spring training, he has thrown 10 innings with a 6.30 ERA, seven strikeouts, and eight walks. His inflated ERA comes from his last start against the Houston Astros in which he gave up six runs, seven hits, and four walks over three innings of work. . Whenever medical concerns surface about the New York Mets right-hander, many baseball fans and fantasy owners cringe. To read the rest of the article, click the link below:
Houston Astros Looking To Trade First Baseman, Jon Singleton
Today marks the day that the Houston Astros could begin to shop Jon Singleton on the trade market. Singleton was optioned to the minor leagues today following a rough spring training. He was competing for the starting first base job with Tyler White, Matt Duffy, and A.J. Reed, but it looks as if he is out of the running. During spring training, he hit .125 with two home runs, six RBI’s, three runs, and a .176 OBP in 51 plate appearances. Singleton was once a prized first base prospect, but he has struggled to live up to those expectations since his promotion in 2014. In 420 plate appearances in the major leagues (from 2014 to 2015), he has hit .171 with 14 home runs, 50 RBI’s, 48 runs, and a .290 OBP. At only 24 years of age, Singleton still has time to turn his career around, but his chances are running out. Luckily for Singleton, he was signed to a five year/$10 million contract (expires in 2018), so he making good money, but I’m sure the Astros are tired of paying the contract of a guy who continues to disappoint the organization. To read the rest of the article, click the link below:
Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 28, 2016
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Sure the Cubs are the consensus pick. But why is everyone discounting a team that nearly won 100 games last year? The Pirates could be making some in house moves that can only help Andrew McCutchen’s numbers.
It is a spoil the party episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast
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Mariners put other side of Pineda trade on waivers
The New York Yankees traded for Michael Pineda in January 2012 in exchanged for top prospect Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi. As Pineda got injured rather quick, many Yankee fans started to complain about the bad deal. It took Pineda a long time before he was back on the MLB roster. In 2014 he won the fifth rotation spot with the Yankees.
Montero on the other side made the Mariners’ roster immediately in 2012 right from ST camp. In a season in which he played 135 games, he split time as a catcher and as a DH.