Surprisingly, for a spring training game, today’s match up was quite entertaining. Once we got out of the first inning, and Bass only giving up one run from a Rocco Baldelli double after walking two out three batters, everything went smooth. Watching Bass in the first inning, he really needs to work on his control, the kid can throw a heater, but he was all over the plate.
I was very impressed with Liz this game, he had great control. Liz had fairly good command of his fast ball, and if he keeps it throughout the game, he can be dominant. Matt Wieters didn’t have a very good day at the plate, but behind it he did great. Wieters threw out a man stealing second, and tagged out a guy at home. On the play where Wieters tagged out the runner at the plate, Pie made a horrible read on the ball in the field. If we want him to convert to left field, I’d like him to look good at his natural position first. To his credit, he did make a decent play on the very next hit.
Scott Moore looked great at the plate today, with a solid hit and a home run that would of went out of any MLB ballpark. I watched Moore once or twice in Norfolk last season, but with his injury finally behind him, his true talent is coming back. He really has a lot of power in his bat, he would make a great bench guy. If he could play short stop, no doubt he would be on the opening day roster.
Overall, I was very impressed with the play of the team. For the most part the pitchers stayed in the strike zone, and keeping good movement that the Sox had trouble handling. I know at the beginning of spring training we had a lot of stupid base running errors, which today was none. The one thing I would like to see more is more stolen bases with all the speed in our lineup. You will also start to see Brian Roberts get more game action, I feel like I hardly watch him play.