Tyson Ross will get another start to make his case for a roster spot in today’s action In Scottsdale against NL West rival San Francisco.
Ross has been performing better than his numbers would initially indicate, putting up 6 punch outs in 4 innings of work and getting out of jams involving baserunners. Tyson will get another look on the mound against the “new”-look Giants featuring Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen.
Andy Green spoke recently regarding Tyson’s chance at making the roster:
“He’s got a chance. He has to perform. I think he’s performed at an All-Star caliber before, so he’s definitely got that in his favor. He’s coming off an long and tough year for him. I think for him to go out and and string together consecutive good outings would bode well for his chances.”
Today’s lineup features Austin Hedges getting a bump up in the batting order to 2nd. Christian Villanueva will handle the hot corner and will be accompanied by Fernando Tatis, Jr. to his left and just behind him in the batting order. Villanueva may also get reps at shortstop though service time there is expected only to be in emergencies thanks to Galvis’ durability.
In fun limited sample size Spring Training facts, Christian Villanueva currently leads the team in batting average (.429), RBIs (10), on-base percentage (.538), slugging (.905), and OPS (1.443). FT2 leads the team with 3 stolen bases and Austin Hedges is the current home run leader at 4. Who would you guess has appeared in the most games and innings so far? Would you have guessed the DH for today?
Co-leader of the doubles Luis Urias will handle DH duties while Jose Pirela gets a rep at the keystone. Hunter Renfroe will take over left field duties and Myers will take right field behind first baseman Eric Hosmer. Manuel Margot gets the start in center and will get things going first at the plate.
In injury news, it appears that Alex Dickerson has suffered a UCL sprain in his throwing arm. Options on the table include surgery or rehab and will certainly put the outfielder out of the mix for playing time in the foreseeable future.
Today is a lunchtime start at 12:05 PM Left Coast Time, so you’ll have a chance to jump on MLB.com or your At-Bat app while you grab a sandwich or burrito (I’m going with a California today).