Welcome to the Spring Training recap for February 29! Every day throughout Spring Training we’ll be providing a rundown of the top news and performances from the previous day’s games, as well as highlighting things to watch for in today’s matchups. Yesterday saw a full slate with 17 games so let’s get right to it!
- Nick Senzel fully expects to be ready for opening day after suffering a torn labrum in September.
- Blake Snell received a cortisone shot in his left elbow, and will play catch on Tuesday.
- Aaron Judge will be sent for testing on his right shoulder.
- Travis Jankowski left Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury he suffered while running to second base.
- Yairo Munoz left Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury he suffered while running out an infield single.
- Joc Pederson (oblique) is expected to be ready for opening day, per manager Dave Roberts.
- Griffin Canning underwent further testing on his sore right elbow.
- Mike Leake may not be ready for opening day after fracturing his left wrist in early February.
Top Hitting Performances
Batting fifth for the Orioles against the Marlins, Davis crushed a three-run shot in the second inning. This was already his third homer of the spring, bringing his line up to an impressive .714/.818/2.000 to date. As bad as he was last season, this is a nice reminder that he was one of the league’s premier power sources just a few years ago.
Jose Peraza (2B, SS, OF, Boston Red Sox): 2-for-2, 2B, R
Batting fifth for the Red Sox, Peraza singled and doubled. The new member of the Sox is working to try and win the starting job at second base over Michael Chavis.
Luis Robert (OF, Chicago White Sox): 2-for-3, HR, SB
The top prospect for the White Sox hit his first home run and nabbed his first stolen base of the spring against the Rangers, showing everyone a glimpse of the immense talent he possesses. It would be nice for his value if he could bat higher than sixth, but he will be an asset in fantasy regardless.
Batting seventh, Jansen tagged Zack Wheeler for a two-run shot in the second inning. The strong performance brings his spring batting average up to .500, while his OPS climbs to 1.670. The young backstop struggled in his first full season in the big leagues, but the former top prospect is looking to improve at the plate in year two.
Batting cleanup, DeJong launched his second homer of the spring in the second inning, this one off Patrick Corbin. Now batting .500 with a 1.250 slugging percentage so far this spring, DeJong will look to find more consistency with the bat this season after already proving to have elite power at the shortstop position.
Batting cleanup for the Brew Crew, Morrison blasted a three-run shot in the third inning. The veteran is looking to make the Brewers opening day roster, but likely will not see regular playing time either way.
Batting cleanup, Upton doubled with the bases loaded in the third inning to plate his first RBI of the spring. Now fully healthy after an injury-riddled 2019, the veteran outfielder will look to bounce back after a very disappointing season.
Batting second, Dozier reached base three times, ending an 0-for-11 start to spring training. After a true breakout season, Dozier is looking to prove that last year’s success wasn’t just a fluke.
Here was our list of starters to watch from yesterday’s games:
SPs to watch today:
CarMart: 94mph + good 2ndary?
Jordan Montgomery: 92+ mph?!
Erod: SL/CT good?
Boyd: CH usage up? 92+?
Bundy: increased CH/SL usage?
Smyly: Is he good?
Peralta: New SL?!?!
Darvish: Fb cmd?
Strip: Good CH?
Lamet: FB cmd?
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) February 29, 2020
Here’s how some of them fared:
Carlos Martinez (SP, St. Louis Cardinals): 3 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Martinez looked great against a Nationals team that had most of their expected opening day lineup on the field. His command was a bit off, allowing three free passes, but he was able to work around them without allowing a run. The important thing is that Martinez is fully healthy and ready to begin the season in the Cardinals starting rotation.
Boyd was tremendous, shutting down a Yankees split squad lineup that still included DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, and Gary Sanchez. After striking out 238 batters in 185.1 innings last year, Boyd should be set to take the mound for Detroit on opening day.
Lamet looked to be in mid-season form, showing strong command of both his heater and his breaking ball. His ability to make batters swing and miss is legit, and he looks poised for a big season assuming he can remain healthy.
Bundy was terrific for a second straight outing, whiffing three without allowing a base runner. That’s now seven strikeouts and no earned runs through four innings this spring for the new member of the Angels. Now having the help of a superior lineup behind him, Bundy could provide major value this season, especially if he keeps pitching like this.
Montgomery looked fantastic against the Red Sox, although they didn’t exactly have their best team on the field. Regardless, Montgomery has now made two spring appearances without giving up a run, and seems to be locked into the Yankees starting rotation due to injuries. Fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, Montgomery could be a major sleeper in fantasy leagues this season.
Making his first start of the spring, E-Rod was phenomenal, striking out six batters in three innings of work without giving up a run. With Chris Sale likely to miss the beginning of the season due to injury, Rodriguez could be looking at the first opening day start of his career.
What to Watch for Today
SPs to watch on TV today:
McCullers: command + CH still good?
Maeda: heavy SL/CH mix?
Musgrove: 4Seam command up? CB/SL usage heavy?
Folty: how’s the SL look?
Eovaldi: 99mph & a solid Cutter?
DeGrom: Do I feel dope watching him?
Kluber: CT/SL still elite?
Miley: CH good?
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) March 1, 2020
Gausman: Splitter performing well?
Luzardo: FB command + strong SL/CH? His job to lose
Lucchesi: New CH a difference maker?
Patrick Sandoval: overall command good enough for rotation spot?
I am so sad Bieber vs Gallen isn’t televised.
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) March 1, 2020
Featured image by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)