Brock Picken “The Baseball Guy” brings you a weekly episode of “3 Up 3 Down”.
Today’s show is a review of the March 2, 2013 Spring Training game vs the Phillies.
Final Score: Jays 11 – Phillies 6.
1. R.A. Dickey – shaky but confident.
Dickey got knocked around a bit in the first inning, but settled in nicely. More importantly, in an interview following his outing, he explained that he was confident and satisfied in his performance, stating he was focusing on throwing a high percentage of strikes and working on mechanics.
2. Jose Reyes – exciting and on fire! Jose plays with such enthusiasm and is really fun to watch. In his three at bats, he had a single, double, and home run. I had hoped for one more at bat, to see if he could hit for the cycle (it’s one of my predictions: http://bit.ly/JaysPredictions). He looks like he’s already in mid-season form.
3. Brett Lawrie calls Russell Martin “weak”. Russell Martin opted out of the World Baseball Classic because Team Canada wouldn’t let him play short. Of course they wouldn’t, he’s a catcher! The poor attitude and pulling out at the last minute is unacceptable, and Lawrie let everyone know how he felt. I respect Brett even more for calling Martin on it. Weak indeed.
Rajai Davis and Edwin Encarnacion both made errors in the field. Both were makeable plays. Actually, Lawrie was charged a throwing error, but Edwin should have had it. Edwin has come along over the past few years in the field, but I still don’t like to see a glove on Rajai’s hand. Steve Delabar looked good in a 3-up 3-down inning, and Bonifacio looked good at the plate with a home run and 2 RBI.