Welp, this one would have been nicer had it come on November 2nd.
Spring Training Action
As spring training draws to a close, starters are playing more innings and pitchers are being stretched out to get ready for the regular season. In yesterday’s
World Series rematch completely meaningless spring training game against the evil Chicago Cubs, Danny Salazar fanned 9 over 5.2 innings and Abraham Almonte hit his third home run of the spring.
The first five games of the season are set in terms of who will be starting on the mound for the Cleveland Indians. Following Corey Kluber, who will pitch on Opening Day against the Texas Rangers, will be Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, and Trevor Bauer in that order.
I’d love to have Brantley back on the field for Opening Day, but if a few more days of rest can help him be back to 100%, I’m all for him resting. Just protect his shoulder in bubble wrap.
Only three members of the Cleveland Indians make the list: #4 Andrew Miller (96 rating), #18 Corey Kluber (92 rating), and #25 Francisco Lindor (90 rating).
Around The League
- The Oakland Athletics have added Jose Canseco to their broadcast team for 2017 (side note: if you haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and check out Canseco’s Reddit AMA from a few years ago; it is comedy gold and probably a little NSFW.
- The ESPN power rankings were released and, surprise surprise, everyone thinks that Chicago and Cleveland are the #1 and #2 teams in baseball.
- With the
OaklandLas Vegas Raiders relocating to Nevada, the Oakland Athletics are now the only team forced to play in Oakland Coliseum.
- The San Francisco Giants reportedly want to “bounce back from tough playoff loss to Cubs”. Get in line, San Francisco.