Thursday camp tidbits
* The lineup looked a lot like what we’ll probably see in the second game of the season (not Opening Day, since the Rockies will be going with a lefty). TLR asserted that part of why Duncan hit second was so that he could get him his ABs and get him out of the game. However, I really like Duncan in the spot — he has the power TLR likes, as well as the ability to get on base. Better him there and Ankiel down lower in the order.
* Mark McCormick pitched for Double-A Springfield today. I wasn’t able to get out and watch him, but the estimable Derrick Goold said he was very impressive and was lighting up the gun pretty well. I hope to have some more detailed info from farm-system folks later today.
* In talking about Ankiel and selectivity, TLR had the following quote this morning:
"You know, that buzzword, on-base percentage, working the count, all this kind of stuff, that can be very confusing to a hitter. They think that the way that you win is to go up there and take a lot of pitches. So you make a bunch of outs, but you see five or six pitches. Nothing happens offensively."
Ultimately I think his main thought is that you don’t want to change a selective hitter, but man, I’d love to see Rick take a few more walks. TLR agreed that Ank’s walk/K ratio will probably improve with experience and learning the strike zone better, but he doesn’t want them to tell Rick to be more patient/selective.
* Peter Gammons’ ringtone is "Gimme Shelter" by the Stones. Knew I liked that guy.