i'm battling a bug of some sort, so just a quick post today. to begin with: cards face sandy koufax jr in a spring-training tilt; kip wells pitches for our side. gameday is right here, and you can also listen to mike and john call the game live.
community projections are up for braden looper and david eckstein. re looper: bdief has now seen two of looper's spring starts; he's got another diary up with some impressions. re eckstein: will carroll dropped this ominous remark about him in the first "under the knife" column of 2007:
he's scheduled to return to the lineup today; don't swing too hard, david.
- matt leach answers all your questions about the bullpen in this week's mailbag
- the stats geek thinks the pirates have a shot to win the division . . . .
- . . . . and Bucs Dugout thinks the stats geek is high on crack
- Crawfish Boxes has an interesting little box that reminds us all to take spring training stats with many grains of salt. the box lumps the astros' spring training numbers into four categories: mlb regulars, the rest of the 40-man roster, the nris, and the people who've already been cut. among both pitchers and hitters, it's the nris who shine: nri pitchers have an era a full run lower than the team average (and nearly two runs lower than the projected mlb rotation), and nri hitters have the best batting average, slugging avg, and ops.