Yesterday's Game: Giants 6, Indians 2
We're not to the point in spring training where it's worth evaluating players based on their performances, but even so it was comforting to see Corey Kluber dominate in his two innings of work. Giovanni Soto's outing was the reverse of Kluber's, walking four batters and allowing two hits. He'll have to take solace in the fact that it's still the first week of games, and while his final spring ERA is going to hideous no matter what he does, he'll still be able to make the team if he puts together a string of good outings.
Cody Anderson probably isn't making the club if everyone's healthy, but the way he's looked (stuff-wise, as in a better curve and more velocity on his fastball) will make that decision very difficult on Terry Francona and the front office.
I was tempted to call this the "double play duo of the future", but then remembered that (a) this will be Jason Kipnis' fifth full MLB season, and (b) Francisco Lindor has already established himself as one of the best shortstops in the league. So I'm going with "double play duo of the present."
Speaking of Lindor, the Correa/Lindor comparisons have started in earnest. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
Chisenhall's defense was the surprise of the season a year (in a season with plenty of them), and should keep him in the lineup if he slumps at the plate.
Yes, Laurila is talking about Matt Murton, who is back in the US after six seasons with the Hanshin Tigers.
The same man who hit the game-tying home run against the Yankees on the last day of the 2011 season is back with the Rays as a pitcher.
Lots of things can happen (injuries, ineffectiveness, extensions), but the 2018 group of free agents could be amazing. That class might include Michael Brantley and Cody Allen.