Friday, February 12, 2016

On tap today: Durbin, Myers to face Tigers, Jays

As far as I know, it's still relatively impossible to be in two places at once. So I'm holding down the fort here in Lakeland where once squad of Phillies is facing the Tigers, while the esteemed Mr. Paul Hagen will be on site in Dunedin for a gam

On tap today: Durbin, Myers to face Tigers, Jays

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As far as I know, it's still relatively impossible to be in two places at once. So I'm holding down the fort here in Lakeland where once squad of Phillies is facing the Tigers, while the esteemed Mr. Paul Hagen will be on site in Dunedin for a game against the Blue Jays.

Some things to follow throughout the day:

1) THE DURBINATOR: If J.D. Durbin hopes to consider himself a contender for the fifth spot in the rotation, he'll have to start proving it today. The righty allowed two runs on five hits in two innings of work last week against the Pirates. That's not a big deal. Starting today, though, he'll have to show the coaching staff some results. Of the four pitchers who figure into the competition (Durbin, Adam Eaton, Chad Durin and, later Kris Benson), all have considerably more starting experience than J.D.

2) MYERS: Brett Myers makes his second appearance of the spring in Dunedin against the Blue Jays. We couldn't tell much in his first outing - a B-Game appearance against Pittsburgh last Friday. He said he felt good. Today, he'll get between 50 and 60 appearances in his first "real" start since he moved into the bull-pen early last season.

3) THE HOT LIST: 1. Ryan Howard (7-for-16, 4 extra base hits, .471 OBP, 3 SO); 2. Eric Bruntlett (7-for-15, 2B, 3B); 3. Greg Golson (3-for-4, no strikeouts);

4) THE COLD LIST: 1. Jimmy Rollins (1-for-13); 2. Wes Helms (2-for-12); 3. Pat Burrell (2-for-10, 3 SO); 4. Jayson Werth (1-for-10)

 

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