HOT SEAT: Wells and Bay trade spinning backheels to the jaw on days 1 and 2. Both fall simultaneously. CREED WILL RETAIN HIS TITLE! IF NEITHER OF THEM CAN ....
Dr. D: You know what's really going on in spring training, right?
Imagine if Baseball Prospectus had a little metric column that said "Bat Launch," and indexed it to average, and some hitters were at 120 and some at 80. If they could bottle that stat and get the distributing license, their yearly subscription would be $129.95. Wow! Alvin Davis was always at 127, but this year suddenly he's at 79. Better not draft that kid.
But that's what Wedge, and the other boots on the ground, are doing. They're watching the players physically. They're looking at body language, spring in the step, and using their intuition to grok whether a player is prepared for an UP or DWN season.
They're not always right. But any fan who doesn't RESPECK' it is kidding himself.
We know who Wells is. Jason Bay is an ol' friend who had a beer with Capt Jack and got an invite. The HR score is 1-1 and Bay is wayyyyy ahead.
I know nobody axed me, but if anybody did, the M's got no bidness in this barrio. Stubbing out Casper Wells in order to take one last roach-clipped toke off Jason Bay, that's letting your heart think for your head. No way in the world, man, esPECIally now that the RBI's are in the bank for this ballclub.
HOT SEAT: Super Slo-sMoak with a notable lefty homer.
Dr. D: No word on whether it busted out a light slow-motion, sparks flying into Robert Duvall and a girlfriend in the stands taking 20 seconds to raise her hands to her cheeks. But it's the first game of spring training, so no. The lights weren't on.
Some guys actually do blast out of the gate, based on a revolutionary winter; I remember one year Butch Wynegar spent the winter hitting off 6' video recordings of pitchers in his barn, ripped up spring training, and had a big year.
Interest factor slight to moderate. Check back in five games. If Smoak really is slugging .700 a week from now, eyes slideways. But he probably won't be.
Dr. D! You are Off the Hot Seat,
Lonnie of MC