Not trying to jinx shit here since I'm a pretty big Brandon Belt fan (HOOK EM), but he's destroying the baseball in spring. 8 homers so far. Of course spring stats mean nothing, but this could be his year to put it all together.
I've been preaching this, yep. Obviously, spring training means different things for different players and in the end, it's meaningless anyway, but
I tend to draw some
conclusions based on it. For instance, Belt's batting mechanics are vastly improved from last season. Although he'll never be Belt in power or OBP., Brandon Crawford's also having a very, very nice spring and he's already got the wizard glove at SS. I want to believe in these two kids. But we'll see.
At the same time, Tim Lincecum keeps convincing me he's still the same Lincecum from last year. But, as with the aforementioned optimism, the pessimisim with Lincecum carries no weight whatsoever at this point.
Originally Posted by Perfect Poster
For the offers they were rumored to be getting, hell yes. Besides, after Smyly, they have virtually no depth. Their #7 guy (Casey Crosby) has had arm surgeries early on in his career and has poor control. He'd be quite awful for anything more than 2-3 starts. And that's all the backup they have after Smyly. Healthy season please *crosses fingers*.
Yep... It would have been foolish to trade Porcello to the Padres/Cardinals/Rangers for anything they were being offered in exchange.
I foresee a July trade for bullpen depth by the Tigers. "Closer by committee" has many benefits but some pitfalls as I learned last year. For the most part, though, I'm fine with it. Bochy was slow to get to Romo after Casilla started melting down in late June and through most of July last year, but at least not having a "certified closer" enabled them to get to Romo in spite of the strawhat complaints against him ("Erm, he's too small!").