Howard, Contreras and More

howard 0323 2010.jpgRyan Howard
hit two homers today in a Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

And that means what exactly?

“That hopefully April 5 is getting closer,” he said.

It can be difficult to gauge what a Spring Training means, but players happily take the good ones over the bad. And so far is Howard is having a good one. He is hitting .356 (16-for-45) with three homers and eight RBIs in 16 games. He also has walked five times.


Jose Contreras (6.48 ERA in six appearances) worked out of a sixth-inning jam. With a runner on second and one out, he got Carlos Pena to ground out and Pat Burrell to strike out to end the inning.

“He’s got good stuff,” Manuel said. “That right there is a good place for him to come into the game.”


Manuel on his lineup: “We’re going to score some runs. We’ve got a chance to put together a big offensive year. If we just stay focused and we can get going right, we’re going to have some .300 hitters and we’re going to score some runs.”


Greg Dobbs went 2 for 4 and is hitting .345 this spring. A calf injury slowed him last season, but he is moving better this spring.


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Good to see Dobbs hitting. If Ibanez starts slow they should give some at-bats to Dobbs and Francisco. Ibanez will have a monster run of about 50-60 games at some point, you just don’t know when it will happen.

phan: I was thinking the same thing about Dobbs. Nice to see the numbers back me up! He’s a dangerous hitter when he’s on, and last year was a disaster for him. Plus, he gives you some options at 1B and 3B.

After reading Sheridan’s article on Cole in today’s Inky I’m wondering why it’s so hip to hate him. Does his personality bring it on or is it the expectations – or both? It’s hard to forget what he did for the 2008 team and his WS MVP. For some of us, anyway.

muleman, it could be Cole’s personality. Go to the 97.5 website and listen to his interview with Mike Missinelli. He’s a strange cat. But I still expect him to rebound this year.
While your there, you can listen to Mike’s interview with Zo as well!!

I heard Cole’s interview live, on my way home from work. For a ballplayer he’s odd, but as a regular person he isn’t. I guess that’s the difference. If he was an accountant we wouldn’t notice anything, but in the world of sports he’s different.
Maybe Lefty had the right idea. Don’t talk to the media, just pitch. It’s ten times worse now than it was when he pitched.

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