Thursday, February 28, 2013

MLB Beginnings

Ron Kaplan at Kaplan's Korner had a nice write up about the beginning of Spring Training. Here is hoping Nate Freiman is the real deal.

pring training games are underway and some of the boys are getting off to a quick start.
Ryan Braun homered in his first at bat on Saturday to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland As, 2-1.  He also walked.
Ike Davis was 0-2 with a walk in the NY Mets’ 5-3 opener against the Washington Nationals.
Josh Satin doubled twice, scored twice, and drove in two runs in yesterday’s 7-7 tie with the Houston Astros.
Danny Valencia played first base in the Baltimore Orioles’ 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue jays yesterday. He was 2-3 with a double.
Ian Kinsler has a double and an RBI in four at-bats over two games for the Texas Rangers.
Kevin Youkilis was 0-3 for the NY Yankees in yesterday’s opener, 1 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sam Fuld was 0-5 over two games for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryan Lavarnway was 1-3 in yesterday’s 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Craig Breslowdid not appear in the game.
Scott Feldman joined the Chicago Cubs over the off-season. Thoughts differ as to whether he will be a starter or not. So far, he has not appeared in a game.
Similarly, Michael Schwimer and Jason Marquis have yet to appear for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres, respectively.
Keeping my fingers crossed for Nat Freiman, the towering first baseman for the Houston Astros, who are going from a bade situation to one that’s potentially worse.
Over the past two seasons, the Astros went a combined 111-213. Now they move to the American League where they will have to get used to pitching to nine real  batters (as opposed to eight plus one pitcher) and all new competition. On the other hand, no one in the AL has played against the Astros on a regular basis so…Nah.
Anyway, Freiman was selected as a Rule Five draft, which means Houston pretty much has to keep him on the Major league roster for the year. Given their predicament, why not let him play? It’s not like the have anyone appreciably better, all due respect to Brett Wallace, the nominal starter at first.
Freiman has appeared in two games, stroking three singles in five at bats and driving in two runs.

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