Rangers 3, D-backs 0
Man it was so good to get out to a ballpark and watch a spring training game with the bros. We took the long-ass drive to Surprise giddy with hope of an easy victory - Zac Gallen was starting so those hopes were extremely high. The game started off well with Locastro leading off, getting HBP and shortly after stealing 2nd base. All that excitement as I was in line to buy chicken strips and curly fries with Turambar and Keegan. As the food disappeared so did the D-backs offense The team just could not get ANYTHING going against that amazing Texas Rangers pitching we all have heard so much about. It seemed like if they did connect with a pitch, they’d hit it directly to someone in the middle infield for an easy out.
Gallen was throwing 93 mph fast balls but the Rangers kept making contact and sending balls into the outfield. In 4.1 inning Gallen struck out 3 but gave up 6 (mostly) hard hit balls, one of which was a home run that just made it over the RF wall and Varsho’s glove. That was it for Gallen who looked frustrated even before the ding-dong. D-backs relievers held things together from there.
From the article: “This is going to be a very competitive camp,” Lovullo said. “There are a number of spots available. If you don’t think you’ve got a chance to make this team, you’re wrong.”
So was JBB wrong? I am confused.
As mentioned above, Varsho did start in RF last night. Seems the team is trying to find a place to squeeze him in, aside from behind the plate.
From the article: R.J. Anderson wrote: “Last season was the first time the Diamondbacks had suffered a losing record since 2016, or before Mike Hazen became general manager. Despite doing a fair amount of winning, the Diamondbacks have been able to assemble and maintain a high-quality farm system. There’s plausible impact (Kristian Robinson, Alek Thomas, Corbin Carroll); there’s depth (Geraldo Perdomo, Bryce Jarvis, Blake Walston); and there’s even a number of ready or near-ready types (Daulton Varsho, Corbin Martin, Pavin Smith). Factor in how the Diamondbacks have some high-grade big-league players, such as Zac Gallen and Ketel Marte, and they should bounce back quickly.”
From the article: “It’s the greatest crisis the game faces,” says a league executive. “In the next five years we’ll either be the national pastime or a niche sport.”
Says a club executive, “If we don’t make big changes, I’m worried about baseball as an entertainment business. We have great athletes. The game doesn’t show it.”
From the article: Below (in the link) is every team’s latest attendance plan (at least to start the season). The plans figure to change as more Americans receive COVID vaccines and local governments alter gathering guidelines.
This snake is MASSIVE! Video half way down the article.