|Spring Training only has one full week left in Arizona.|
Opening day is right around the corner and while updating all your 2016 power ratings based on off-season transactions, health, lineups, bullpens and starting rotations, it's also a good idea to glance at a few things happening in spring training.
Some of the eye-opening numbers posted this spring include the Arizona Diamondbackssmoking the ball at a .316 clip, the Detroit Tigers belting 35 homers and the Washington Nationals stealing 27 bases in 30 attempts. The end result for each of those teams has been wins piling up -- Arizona leads spring with a 17-4 record.
You can't put too much weight into spring numbers but you also shouldn't ignore them, especially with the starting pitchers.
Let's take a look at Jeff Samardzija who has given up a spring high 18 earned runs and five homers in five starts (19 innings) warming up for his first season with the Giants.
Maybe he was trying some new pitches in differing situations and it simply didn't work out so well on couple of them. Still, he got roughed up in two straight outings and they were in his last two starts, so it wasn't like he progressed for the better with the bad outings coming early. Spring or not, veteran starters don't want to look bad. No one in baseball wants to look bad, especially in the first year of a $90 million contract.
“Spring training, man,” Samardzija told the San Francisco Chronicle following his performance Monday where he gave up six runs to the A's while serving up two homers.
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