The Lazy Writer's Way Out — CORRECTION
NOTE — Thankfully I had this right on the site, but there was an error on the blog yesterday. I have corrected the starters schedule for this week.
It’s a long established tradition in sportswriting. If you don’t feel like coming up with an actual, fully-formed idea, throw out a bunch of tidbits. So herewith, a Sunday compendium of assorted thoughts and anecdotes from camp today and this week.
* Anthony Reyes looked really, really good today. Good stuff, good command, very impressive. A couple of us were talking today, and I think Reyes may be the most pivotal player on the roster. The difference between how good he can be, and how not-good he can be, is huge. If he’s good, and good for 190 innings, it makes an enormous difference in the depth and quality of the rotation. I’m still a believer.
* It will be all prospects pitching in the SLU game on Wednesday. Reyes will start Thursday against the Mets, Wainwright will start
Thursday FRIDAY against the Mets (Met fans will surely love that), and Wellemeyer and Thompson will both get innings on Friday against New York. Dunc said not to read anything into Reyes being on his own day and Wellemeyer/Thompson sharing a day.
* Wainwright clearly sets up for Opening Day. He’ll be on schedule to pitch 2/29, 3/5, 3/10, 3/15, 3/21 (the off day falls on 3/18), 3/26 and then Opening Day, 3/31.
* TLR and Mo talked Bonds with us today. Basically, TLR brought him up, and the front office considers him a non-starter. More on the site this afternoon.
* Clayton Mortensen is definitely one of the darlings of camp, and with good reason. He’s got a big arm and a very big sinker with serious heavy movement. He’s a fast mover and absolutely a guy to watch.
* Rick Ankiel has been as impressive as any offensive player thus far.