I hardly ever start threads. I don't think I'm worthy most of the time, but a couple of things caught my eye today and thought I'd put it out there for discussion. If this is kind of stupid, just consider the source.
I know it's just spring training, but man am I enjoying the games that I can catch on MLBTV and other places. Looks like everyone is having fun and you get to see everyone's prospects. Good stuff.
I also have to remind myself it's just spring training and everyone is working toward opening day. I watched Aaron Harang today pitching against the White Sox. I really enjoyed the Hawk's PBP today and Harang's pitching. *That* was the Aaron Harang I remember. He allowed a home run and a couple of hits that the defense botched. He allowed 2 runs (only one earned) and looked sharp. I really hope he does well in San Diego and fails miserably against the Reds, but I'm rooting for him.
I am concerned about Jonny Gomes and Bill Bray. Gomes isn't even on the interstate and Bray is just allowing hit after hit. I've never been a Bray fan, and probably will never be. Maybe it's fallout from The Trade (although it looks like neither team got much and Gary Majewski is just a not so fond memory) or just that I don't think he's all that, but we need his lefty arm in the bullpen. I don't see it. Of course, Phillips is struggling also, so you have to hope that he'll heat up as the season goes along.
I fully expect to lose Johnny Cueto for a month or two and Edinson Volquez to be as inconsistent as ever, but the pitching depth is there. Lots of good arms are there. Lots of reasons to be optimistic. Ah, Spring. Love it! Can't wait for Opening Day, even if I have to watch in on television for the 10th consecutive season. That lottery thing is not working for me...