Here’s the Gameday link.
- Abe Almonte is leading off, and Lloyd McClendon seems to like the idea. With no Nelson Cruz or the like, and with Nick Franklin probably traded or playing at AAA, and with Franklin Gutierrez gone, and McClendon [saying]/[implying strongly] that Dustin Ackley is not really a center fielder, Almonte seems to have a 25-man roster spot semi-locked down. Good for him.
- Erasmo Ramirez starts. Hisashi Iwakuma‘s injury gives him a golden opportunity. It would not shock anyone if he took advantage of it. Everyone has Scott Baker already penciled in — or maybe even pen or permanent Sharpie — but e-RAM can’t be ruled out.
- Mike Zunino batting 9th. It’s been a quiet spring for last year’s emerging stud, but that’s OK. Let him bat down in the order, and keep the expectations low. And then … Zuuuuumball!
A note on the intra-squad game Tuesday. There was only one player brought up from minor-league camp to start the game: Jabari Blash.
And Blash surprised [everyone]/[no one who’s been following our work] by smashing a monstrous 450′ blast.
The commentators have been making the “strikes out a lot, just like Carlos Peguero” caveats. But it wasn’t just that C-Peg had a high K-rate. He also didn’t walk much. Blash does.