Today Aramis’ 2 for 3 included 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs and his second homerun. Aramis is now hitting at a torrid .700 clip. Baseballs must look like beachballs, everything is in slow motion. Murton was a perfect 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and is hitting .471 for spring. Jerry Hairston was also a perfect 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored (.444;) both John Mabry and Restovich were 2 for 3, the latter had 3 RBIs to show for his efforts. Maddux, Ohman, Dempster and Howry combined to throw six innings of five-hit ball and gave up one earned run.
On the downside Ronny Cedeno continues to struggle at the plate – he’s now batting .167. Felix Pie is hitting .231 and Neifi continues to be Neifi batting a paltry .222. Guzman got rocked and Williamson struggled in his one inning of relief.
Were the season to start tomorrow my guess is that Dusty would go with Neifi at short and Hairston at second. Neifi will move to second on days when Cedeno gets the start at short and Walker is as good as gone.
Mark Prior threw 35 pitches today in a simulated game, 25 days after spring training started. If Prior isn’t nursing some kind of elbow soreness or something then I’m the Pope o’ Rome. Something’s wrong with this picture…why is this guy always out of shape when it’s time for pitchers and catchers to report?