Wow, whole lotta lefties on the dance floor for game two.
I don’t believe in Zimmerman 3b
I’ve seen Daniel Cabrera face the Yankees many times as an Oriole. He was always a guy who had tremendous stuff and potential, but absolutely no control. The O’s finally gave up on him, and he’s currently 0-4 with a 4.98 ERA for the Nats.
I asked Rich Dubee this morning what to look for from Andrew Carpenter, and he said, “Don’t know. Haven’t seen him much.” I watched Carpenter twice in Clearwater before he was sent down, but he was working on a changeup more than seeking to retire hitters.
So this game is what you’d call unpredictable. Also, it’s supposed to rain. Argh, they’re pulling the tarp out right now.
The day after President Obama noted the decline of African-Americans in MLB, all players on both teams will wear the number 42 tonight, in honor of Jackie Robinson. The
April 15 rainout was Jackie Robinson day, so we’re all turning back the mental calendar.
Brad Lidge looked pretty good in the ninth inning today, as questions swirled about his recent performance. As you know if you’ve been reading, Lidge swears that he’s healthy and confident. He allowed only one hit, got lucky by snaring a liner back to the mound, and pumped his fist after recording the third out. Manuel wouldn’t commit to whether Lidge is available for game two.
It’s not yet totally clear what the Phils are doing about Miguel Cairo or his roster spot, but I’m working on finding out for you. Check back for updates on that.
UPDATE, 6:29pm: A good horse race gives me goosebumps. Good for the lady horse. Anyhoo, just spoke with Phillies exec Scott Proefrock about the Cairo situation, which remains fluid. Cairo has the right to refuse a minor league assignment and has not yet decided what to do. If he clears waivers and accepts the assignment, he’ll report to Lehigh Valley. He will be required by MLB rules to remain there for a minimum of 10 days.
Proefrock said that the team has not yet decided to do with the 25th roster spot, and might not decide until after Monday’s off-day. As to the possibility of bringing up a minor leaguer, he said: “You’re not going to want someone who would be better off playing in the minor leagues.”
He also reiterated the team’s stance since before spring training: “We’ll still be looking for an upgrade with the righthanded bat off the bench."
If Cairo goes to Lehigh and does well for 10 days, he could be back. Basically, the situation has yet to be resolved.