First things first: We're in the middle of the B-Game here at Bright House Field, and Jamie Moyer is his usual self, scattering three hits through three innings while not allowing a run. He could get up around 50-60 pitches today against the Pirates.
Amazingly, there are fans here. I say "amazingly" because it's 78 degrees, sunny, blue skies, whisps of cumulus clouds in the air, and the beach is only 10 minutes away. I love baseball as much as the next guy, but. . .
Anyway, on we go:
1) The line-up for today's A-Game (1:05):
* 1. Shane Victorino, CF
* 2. Eric Bruntlett, SS
* 3. Chase Utley, 2B
* 4. Ryan Howard, DH
* 5. Pat Burrell, LF
* 6. Geoff Jenkins, RF
* 7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
* 8. Wes Helms, 1B
* 9. Jason Jaramillo, C
2) The scheduled rotation:
* 1. Joe Savery, LHP
* 2. Josh Outman, LHP
* 3. J.C. Romero, RHP
* 4. Joe Bisenius, RHP
3) More Cole Hamels:
* Here's our story from the Daily News. One thing I didn't get into that I wish I had was Hamels' injury history. The Phillies have to take into consideration the fact that he's missed time due to injury in just about every professional season, including a month-long stint on the DL last season. Regardless of which side is more justified, the fact remains: Hamels is locked up by Philly through 2012. Though next year's arbitration process, assuming Hamels is eligible as a Super Two, should be interesting. Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbom, by the way, told reporters yesterday he was looking for $900,000, and that he wouldn't agree to anything less.
4) Things to monitor today:
* Wes Helms returns to the line-up for the first time since Friday. The infielder is 0-for-6 thus far this spring.
* How will Savery (45.00 ERA in first outing) and Outman (21.60 ERA) bounce back from their spring debuts?
* Will Bisenius (two scoreless, hitless innings) again be solid in relief?
5) Around the NL East:
* One situation it'll pay to keep your eye on out in Lake Buena Vista is Mike Hampton. The Braves pitcher faced hitters in a game for the first time in two and a half seasons, pitching two scoreless inning against Houston yesterday. If Hampton can somehow return to the form he had when he went 27-17 for the Braves from 2003-04, it'll give them a pretty formidable rotation with Tim Hudson, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Hampton.
* Also out of Braves camp, Chipper Jones will miss a couple of days with a hamstring injury that doesn't appear to be too serious.
* Here's an interesting story from Bob Klapisch detailing some of the Mets' concerns with age. Carlos Delgado has had some problems with his hips, and the NYMs are still counting on aging Moises Alou in the outfield.