The Cactus League Is Shaping Up Just As You’d Expect It To Be

cactus_league_standingsA week and a half into spring training, let’s check into the Cactus League standings. Just as you’d expect, the Royals (72 wins in 2012) and the Mariners (75 wins) are a combined 18-1. On the bottom, the Rangers (93 wins last year), Angels (89 wins), and Reds (97) are a combined 5-23.

Just as you’d expect, right? Spring training is great. I say this not to point out that spring training stats and records — especially this early — are pretty meaningless, because I know that you know that. Yet you’d be surprised by how many fans haven’t quite grasped that fact, at least judged by the quantity of those on Twitter and elsewhere asking me if I’ll admit I’m wrong yet about Luis Cruz because he’s hitting .444 or insisting the Dodgers are crazy for not announcing Yasiel Puig as the Opening Day cleanup hitter because he destroyed a pitch from terrible, terrible, Fernando Nieve.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t be encouraged by Cruz or excited by Puig, because absolutely we should. In fact, let’s get excited by Puig’s dinger from yesterday right now:

puig_homer_cleve_linkLord, that’s fun to watch. I just want to see how they — or anyone else, really — looks when real pitchers start throwing real curveballs, or when lineups aren’t full of Justin Sellerses & Matt Palmers.

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Aaron Harang trade watch:

With scouts from the Brewers and Orioles watching, Dodgers starter Aaron Harang threw three scoreless innings in a Minor League game Monday at Camelback Ranch.

This isn’t so much “news” as it is an acknowledgement that Harang is obviously available and teams who need pitching will be interested. Despite stories like this one from Mark Saxon indicating that Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s spot may be in jeopardy, I think it’s far too soon to worry about that after three innings. Besides, what’s Don Mattingly going to say, that Ryu has absolutely nothing to work for? Of course not.

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capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I almost forgot to listen to Stiener get gutshot when Puig hit that homer. Oooh spanked to leftfield. And deep, and Gone! One of the fastest calls yet!

efb
efb

Oh lame, Kuo is playing for Chinese Taipei in WBC and gave up a HR in the 9th for a BS

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

my boss scheduled a "team lunch" for.....you guessed it, WEDNESDAY! During the Dodgers/Mexico game! 

 

Huzzah, my life sucks!!! 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Chris Sale is on the twitters with some humor.

 

Chris Sale ‏@ChrisSaleNot

@MLBInjuryNews Should I take this as some sort of omen that you followed me? #IAmNotACub

 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Anyone else have the arrest records ad with the mug shot of the fat guy sandwiched between shots of two hotties?

efb
efb

I'm TLR'd because my awesome gf keeps making me awesome drinks with bourbon ginger beer and amaretto

Kemps Shoe
Kemps Shoe

I wanna get Tony Larussad damnit

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

I want Keith Law to eat crow on Puig so bad. 

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @efb this is probably a good time to get him back, his value is down.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @efb The WBC is dumb they play games in empty stadiums and then 3 clubs are 2-1 and only 2 of them move on. They say you have to win by a certain number of runs in the 8th inning to move on? Why not play extra games where people will come and watch them?

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Disgruntled Goat I have a meeting scheduled at 1PM, the start of the game, but I should be back at my desk within the hour or less, to watch the rest.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Disgruntled Goat Ear buds dude come on thats an easy one to get around. you just may have to curtail your commenting a bit!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Sadly my girl does not want to do this. I am disappoint 

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

 @Gilbert_Vengeance I was at the Dodgers vs Nationals game last year here in DC and Stan was cruising around to say hi to stadium staff members that he used to work with and then just kind of hung out in the stands talking to fans for over an hour. Pretty damn cool.

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 @Gilbert_Vengeance He's nice in person too. Very approachable and welcoming for being the president of an MLB team. Well, at least that was my first impression... and he's the only president of an MLB team that I've ever met... But still. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@efb I raise my TLR cuz I'm #ForeverAlone :------( Drowning my iniquity in a Ten Fidy. Soooo tasty.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @BearHunter90 No such thing, BH. I pay with my free time and giving up sitting here at my desk watching the game and eating a sandwich. 

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 @Kemps Shoe  @DeucesWild I had a 3.8 TLR the other night. Good times, yo. I broke a tree swing while swinging, fell on my ass and pushed my friend down a hill on a shopping cart. Funny stuff. Felt like we we're in 8th grade again but drunk... and adults.. and probably looked like weirdos at 2 in the morning. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @VND Our new fat guy will get guys out. The first time they see him and the second and the third and so on for at least the 6 years we got him signed for.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@VND @capnsparrow I see what you did there

*VND*
*VND*

 @capnsparrow   har har. but no honestly i remember him hitting 90-91. and we'll see what kinda condition this House is in come season time. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@VND @capnsparrow Somewhere, John Ely sheds a single tear.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @VND I respect his scouting of ball players and restaurants. He's right more often than wrong. And a lot of people try to make more out of what he says when they don't like what he says. But most try to bend what he says to their liking

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @VND  @capnsparrow  I respect his opinions and he can be funny at times, but mostly it seems like he's just going out of his way to be an absolute asshole and belittle as many people as possible. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @the_real_paul Soler doesn't look like he's gonna flop. And Puig is turning heads this spring. Best bet is both pan out as quality major leaguers