Yesterday Carlos Zambrano said that Athletics’ pitcher Jerry Blevins “got lucky” that Z didn’t hit a home run when he was sitting fastball and got one during a pinch-hitting appearance. I wasn’t there, but I can’t really feature Zambrano meaning that comment as a serious dig at Blevins. But Blevins thought it was:
“I did get lucky. Any time they don’t pinch-hit
for a pitcher to face me, I’m lucky. I’ve gotten a lot better hitters
out than him. He’s a good hitting pitcher, but he’s still a pitcher. Yes
I’m lucky — for them not pinch-hitting.”
What is it with A’s pitchers
that make them so damn defensive? Is Blevins from the 209 too? They should play this clip on the Oakland scoreborad about ten times a game.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.