Purgatory Online

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

I've been keeping a weather eye on spring training so far, but we're starting to get to the point where we can begin to take note of some trends. Mostly, I've been encouraged, particularly by the performance of the guys expected to start:

Colon - 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 K
Escobar - N/A
Washburn - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 K
Lackey - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K
Byrd - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K

Keeping in mind the fact that it's still way too early to draw any conclusions, that's still a pretty good starting point. It's obviously a concern that Escobar hasn't been able to make a start yet, but that will hopefully be rectified later today, when he's scheduled to throw 30 pitches against the White Sox.

By way of comparison, at this time last year I was beginning the Aaron Sele vs. Ramon Ortiz Death Watch. I already like 2005 better.