Today, I am not OK chalking it up. The Bucs are getting smoked by the Phils, 9-2, as I write this. Ian Snell stuck out 7 guys in the first three innings, but allowed three runs as well. Tommy Gorz came on and mightily struggled through 4 outs, giving up 5 earned and walking 5. His spring ERA is now over 16.
Freddy Sanchez, who isn't exactly raking so far this spring, left the game with a minor leg injury after a hard slide at second base from Rod Barajas. It seems like Freddy the Great will be fine, but it doesn't take the sting away of what looks like an 0-5-1 start to March.
Adam LaRoche and Ronny Paulino are hit less. Torres' ERA is over 15. Capps is 13.50
I know it's only spring, trust me I know. But if I wasn't excited and if I wasn't a fan, I wouldn't care this much.
--The Pirates made their first cuts this morning. No surprises. Yoslan, Bullington and JVB among them.