White Sox televised Spring Training Game #1 - What did we learn?


Your baseball itch? Consider it scratched // Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune

The lesson to begin with--and it will be in however many of these I write--is that nothing can be definitively learned or proven in a single Spring Training game.  They can only be very forcefully suggested.

Actually scratch that, we can be sure of one thing; this was a very early Spring Training game.  The Sox and Dodgers combined for 6 errors, 3 wild pitches, and a general haze of hideousness that extended out to the piddling 3,963 attendance.  Perhaps pricing the games like they don't actually matter might help that a bit.

Rough day for the guy I mistakenly labeled as Anthony Carter

There is a dogpile of candidates for the final reliever/Peavy replacement slots, so a couple of those guys are going to have to do an awful lot to distinguish themselves from the pack.  Unfortunately for Miguel Socolovich, he pretty clearly rocketed himself to last place in that race after the first day.  Who's to say whether he deserved to give up the 4 runs that crossed the plate under his watch, but with the emphasis Ozzie places on control, walking three and tossing two wild pitches threw Miguel down a mighty big hole.  Of course, if he incinerates hitters from here on out somehow, then this day becomes irrelevant.  Given that players are evaluated at the end of Spring Training, if you're going to have a bad day, best that it comes at the beginning.

Mid-season form

Alexei Ramirez made what's become his typically gorgeous racing-to-his-right-then-turning-and-firing-to-first play.  His defense provides a tremendous amount of his value, and it's working just fine already.  Celebratory shots, anyone?  No?  No?  'Work in the morning', you say? 

Adam Dunn struck out twice versus lefties and walked once.  This type of output is one we can come to expect from the Donkey, especially versus lefty pitching.  Though I argue that if he had been left in to face sputtering Dodgers righty Travis Schlichting, he'd have provided the prototypical Adam Dunn day: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K.

Hitting the ball, as opposed to the alternative

As Jim Margalus pointed out Monday, the Sox have a few guys fighting for roster spots who really need to show improvements in contact.  Jordan Danks and Brent Lillibridge were two of them, and both made their way through two plate appearances without whiffing, and were responsible for some runs.  Danks even hit a double...though it probably should have been caught...let's calling it a "Spring Training Double".

All that matters

No one got hurt.  This is all I really care about, and before long, it's all I'll really remember about this day.


J.J. hopes that dumb Spring Training strategy doesn't equate dumb regular season strategy.
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