There was a three-hour rain delay before the Nats-Marlins game, and when play finally began, the players faced this:
The game began with puddles throughout
the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran
through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that
simply stopped well in front of them.
“I was thinking about how much water
was going to be in my shoes,” Nationals right fielder Michael Morse
said. “I’ve never seen a field like that.”
Yeah, it dried out over time and they got the game in, but that’s dangerous stuff to be messing with. Calling a game after it begins is the umps’ job, but calling a game before it begins is the job of the home team. Rather than play into the wee hours on a wet track, the Marlins should have sucked it up, called the game and gone with a double header today.
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.