Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Training Game #14: White Sox 5 Mariners 0


It's always a lot more fun to watch spring training games when the White Sox are winning, isn't it? The White Sox are now 2-1 on Saturdays and 2-9 on every other day.

So if you haven't bought tickets to any games this season, I recommend a Saturday game.

THOUGHTS AND THINGS
  • Well hello, Mr. Peavy. Peavy's first two starts of the spring weren't impressive, but he didn't get hurt, and that's all that mattered. Today not only did he stay healthy, but he looked fantastic. Peavy didn't allow a hit in his five innings of work, though he did walk a batter, but he also had 5 strikeouts. It was the best performance from a Sox starter I've seen all spring.
  • The final roster spot is a two-horse race at this point. I don't know what kind of player Robin Ventura is going to look for on the bench, but I have to think the only two players who have a shot at this point are Dan Johnson or Eduardo Escobar, as Escobar continued to bury Ozzie Martinez on Saturday. He went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, stole a base, and made some great plays in the field as well.
  • Brent Lillibridge is still the best player of all time. It's true. 
  • Nathan Jones continues to impress. I really didn't know anything about Nathan Jones coming into the spring, and the truth is I still don't know all that much about him. That said, the way he's pitched this spring, I'm making a point of finding out more. He closed out the game today with a perfect inning and had two more strikeouts. If he keeps pitching like this over the rest of the spring, he may force his way into the bullpen. At the very least he's probably earning himself a call-up at some point during the season.

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