Sunday, March 16, 2008

Spring Training Hot Or Not


We are about 20 games into Spring Training and are now only 9 days away from Opening Day in Japan. Before we figure out which member of the Red Sox or A's will contract a parasite on that trip let's take a look at who is Hot and who is Not.


HOT

Ivan Rodriguez: White Hot

The man has been batting lead off, he has 6 HR and is batting .429! He has accumulated 15 hits in 13 games!

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod Hot

Typical A-Rod numbers, in 12 games he has 3 homers and is batting .500. Will he match last seasons numbers? So far so good for Mr. Rodriguez.

Grady Sizemore: He's really hot on and off the field.

Grady has not disappointed his Spring Training groupies so far. He is batting .478 with 5 HR. That is impressive only because he has only played 9 games!

Adam Jones: Living up to the hype!

.379 average and looks to be the main man in Baltimore.

Angel Pagan: Surprisingly hot.

Pagan is taking advantage of his chance to play with the Mets and leads all baseball with 20 spring training hits.

Carlos Zambrano:
So hot he's still angry.

Carlos has only allowed one earned run so far this spring and has 14 k in 15 IP.

Manny Parra: He's so hot he doesn't even know it!

I know you are saying, who is Manny Parra? He pitches for the Brewews and he has won both of his spring starts and struck out 15 batters in 14 IP. His ERA of 0.64 catches the eye of people looking for sleepers in their fantasy draft.

Edinson Volquez:

19 k's in 13 IP, he has only walked 3 batters and has a respectable 3.46 ERA. Volquez looks to make the Reds rotation this season. He was acquired in the Josh Hamilton deal.

NOT HOT

Ichiro Suzuki: Uber cold!

.125 Average?

Jacoby Ellsbury: Probably still hungover from the World Series Celebration.

Apparently he thinks that his .189 AVG is good enough to win the center field job in Boston.

Rickie Weeks: Believes his own hype.

5 errors and a .125 batting average. I know a lot of owners who were high on Weeks are getting nervous. Let me remind you it is only the spring and these games do not count. 20 Strikeouts in 40 At Bats!!! Maybe he needs his eyes checked? Speaking of bad eyes...

Noah Lowry: Needs to have Lou Brown buy him some glasses.

12 walks in 2.1 IP? Was he re-enacting the Rick Vaughn debut scene from "Major League"? Did Clue Haywood take part in this as well?

Brandon Webb: Maybe he is doing his best Randy Johnson in NY impersonation?

I know it's only spring training, in 13 IP Webb has allowed 12 ER. One positive is that he has yet to walk a batter.

Barry Zito: The Robert Downey Jr. of MLB, ten years after the fact he still thinks he's a big deal.

He hasn't been hot since 2003, so there really is no surprise that he has an ERA near 15 and 10 walks.

Erik Bedard: Amazed he gets paid for this type of work.

21 hits, 5 BB and 14 ER so far this spring for the big off season prize Seattle acquired.

Josh Beckett and John Lackey: Operation Shutdown

They both have been deemed Derek Bell Status. For those who do not know Derek Bell was famous for his "Operation Shutdown". Both pitchers have been shutdown and may miss time well after opening day.

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