If Bryan Mitchell was going to make a move in the 5th starter race, today was the day for it to happen and the day it had to happen. Adam Warren looked really good his last time out, so the job may be all but sewn up already. But Esmil Rogers was pretty blah his last time out, so if there was a chance to jump him for the next in line if another injury were to occur (knock on wood) it was today.
Mitchell had 2/3 of a Major League outfield, the starting catcher catching, the backup catcher DH'ing, Garrett Jones at first, Aaron Judge in right, and a trio of non-starters at the other 3 infield spots, so it was quite the mish-mash in terms of a lineup. That'll happen when you're playing on the other side of the state. He turned in a pretty good performance in front of them, despite what the final numbers showed, Whether it was enough to get him another turn in the rotation remains to be seen.
- Mitchell's final line was 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. He was uneven with his command as usual, but he got ground ball singled to death on the hit count, and the 2 runs charged against him came after he exited the game in the 4th. He did do a nice job of getting out of a bases loaded, 1 out jam in the 2nd with an inning-ending double play ball. I'd say give him another go.
- Chris Young was the BMOC today, cranking 2 home runs in back-to-back trips to the plate in the 5th and 6th innings. More of that please.
- Brian McCann joined him with a 2-run shot of his own in 4 PA. He also struck out 2 times. Bit of a quiet spring for McCann, which I don't think is a bad thing.
- Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, going 2-2 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs scored. Can we get this guy on some Tom Emanski fielding drills or something, stat? I want that bat in the lineup.
- Chasen Shreve and Jose Ramirez were responsible for sullying Mitchell's line in the 4th. I believe it was Shreve's first time pitching 2 games in a row. Kyle Davies soaked up some time after that. He seems cooked.
- Jacob Lindgren's not though. He threw another scoreless inning in the 9th. His ST line: 7 G, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Not too shabby. Any chance he steals one of the last few bullpen spots out of camp?