Split squad losses to the Astros and the Reds. Joseph Reyes (I am officially calling him this because “Jo-Jo” is a stupid name unless you are a five year old girl or a monkey) walked five men in two innings against the Stros but only allowed one run, largely because he also struck out four. Blaine Boyer pitched the next two innings, and is yet to allow a run this spring, but he’s definitely on my wait-and-see list.
Hey, a couple of points of interest from the Bill James Gold Mine, his new annual… Last year, Edgar Renteria was great defensively going towards second base (+18 runs) but terrible going towards third (-19). Looking back, that seems pretty accurate to me. Anybody got a different take?
All of Hudson’s wins last year (I should have noticed this) were in games in which he threw a quality start. He was 16-4 with five no-decisions when he had quality starts, 0-6 with three no-decisions when he didn’t.
And the Braves were 20-38 when they did not hit a home run. I don’t know what the standards are, but losing nearly two-thirds of the time seems extreme. The Braves have — I’ve noted in the past — a lot of trouble scoring runs when they don’t hit homers. Joe Simpson or Morgan would say that this is because they don’t steal bases and move runners along. I’d say that it’s because they’re weaker at OBP than SLG.