Friday camp tidbits
Not a lot to tell, since my notebook is already up, but a few little things from today. Senor Goold and I stayed back at camp for the morning to watch guys throw before we headed up the coast for the game at Tradition Field (aka Shea Stadium South).
* Izzy really was filthy. As Adam Kennedy pointed out, it’s tough for a hitter to get up to any kind of intensity at 10:30 in the morning on Field 1 when the whole team has left for Port St. Lucie, but still… His cutter was sharp. His change was spotty, but the good ones were just evil. His sinker had good movement. Never read too much into a game at this point in the year, obviously; it doesn’t mean Izzy’s going to go out and put up a .60 ERA for the year. But it definitely was fun to watch.
* Random amusing scene: Watching warmups for the ninth inning from down the right-field line, and Tyler Johnson was playing catch with Ryan Ludwick. Which would be no big deal, except that he was throwing right-handed, while wearing a catcher’s mitt on his left. Rest assured, TJ has no plans to go all ambidextrous — his throws from the right side definitely didn’t look like a pitcher’s throws.
* Chris Duncan played 1B again. The manager sounded less against it than he did a couple of days ago. Josh Phelps may yet make this team, but my guess right now is that the backup 1B will be Duncan (more on this tomorrow).
* Wainwright was better than his line. He was pretty consistently down, and the defense behind him was shaky.