THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019
It was a much better day than the two previous ones. Spring Break is in full swing and the crowds are getting bigger. Today, the crowd topped out at 8,912. The temperature hit 70 with a slight breeze in from left field. It is supposed to get be warmer tomorrow and get to the 80’s on the weekend. The Phils had a split squad game today, and I think that most of the roster players went to Lakeland to play the Tigers.
Drew Anderson started and looked very sharp. He pitched 3 innings and gave up one hit, no runs and struck out 6. It is still too early to get excited, but for his 3 starts, he has pitched 8.1 innings and is sporting a 1.04 era. He has struck out 11. I really am not going to get a good reading until the teams start to send the minor leaguers back to the minor league fields, but wouldn’t it be great if the Phils found another starter this spring. Neshek pitched his first outing today and looked out of sync. He only pitched a third of an inning, gave up single and a walk and was tagged for the loss when Brogdon (nonroster player) relieved him and let one of the runs in with a wp/pb. Morgan pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. He has not been scored on yet this spring. Arano is having a rough spring. He got bombed for 4 runs and currently has a 30.86 era.
The Phils only had 4 hits today and nobody was really tagging the ball. All the hits were singles. The only real threat they mounted was in the first when they got two of their hits, but let them die out there. Kingery started in centerfield and only had routine plays to make. The Phils seem to be determined to turn him into a super sub rather than let him try to beat Hernandez out. I think they are being unfair to him.
The problems of being Bryce Harper. He and his wife are staying in the Sand Pearl hotel. They have been eating at the Clear Sky restaurant on the beach. He and his wife came in to eat one evening and the baseball fans made such a fuss and asked for autographs that they had difficulty eating. Since then, I understand that he orders takeout for he and his wife. For 330 million, I guess I could learn to put up with the hassle.
The next home game is Saturday when the Phils play the Blue Jays. We’ll see if the attendance can reach 11,000.
would I care who covers the Phillies?