I addressed my opinions on the Luis Castillo/Ollie Perez situation for the Mets in my 2011 season preview of the team. There are a few other baseball events that have been on my mind that I would like to give my two cents on.
- Chase Utley is in trouble. At first it looked like his knee just needed some rest and the cortisone shot was going to get him over the hump but he did not respond to that in all. Whenever it starts getting thrown around that a player’s career may be in jeopardy because of an injury that should be the red flag that things are very bad. Though he has shown minor progress the Phils can not be expected to rely on him until he makes big strides and they should explore the option of Michael Young. Rumors floated that he was going to be moved out of Texas earlier this spring because he does not want to be a full time DH or part time player. Young can plug in at second or third with Polanco playing the left over position. Ruben Amaro better be on the horn.
- The back end of the rotation battle for the Yankees looks like it is coming down to guys for 2 spots; Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia, and Bartolo Colon. Colon has struck out 12 over 9 innings this spring even though his velocity hasn’t been amazing. Nova has only yielded 2 runs over 8 innings and hopes to improve on his ability to get deeper into games. Garcia had a rough outing, which he is prone to, yesterday giving up 4 runs over 2.2 innings. My bet is that Nova snags one of the spots considering he is a big part of the future of this rotation but the final one is still very much up for grabs. Speaking of the future of the Yankees rotation the ‘Killer Bs’ have been impressive this spring. That rotation is going to be scary when Brackman, Banuelos and Betances are major league ready.
- Bryce Harper has been sent down to Class A ball and that is the best move for him and the Nationals at this time. At this point in spring training the Nationals have to get their regular major leaguers more time and ready for the season. Harper still has a lot of growing, baseball-wise, to do before he can be successful in the big show. The kid has loads of talent and potential and one of the prettiest swings around but going through the progressions in baseball are key. At the levels he has played at in his lifetime pitchers make their adjustments on a game to game basis but as he progresses through the levels he will see how they adjust on an inning to inning then batter to batter and ultimately a pitch to pitch basis. He will need to learn to deal with these pitcher’s maturity and fast adjustments. He will be an absolute stud sometime soon though.