Yeah, yeah...it's only Spring Training but what would you rather have, 3-0 or 0-3? All I can say is, so far, so good!
The pitching has been very good to date with a little bit of a rough outing for Jake Westbrook yesterday. He claimed that he felt strong but did not have command of his pitches. Regardless, he walked 3, gave up 1 hit, and allowed only 1 run. He may not have had great command yet, but he was in control. Pitching coach Tim Belcher has his guys attacking the strike zone early on and it is paying off.
The hitting has been an attack of its own. Michael Brantley came alive yesterday with a single, a double, and a triple as the Indians beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 for their 3rd win against no defeats in this very young Spring.
Something else that stands out; new manager Manny Acta is already in "win mode" as he is playing these games with late inning defensive and offensive strategies that are normally employed in the regular season. It is refreshing to see that this manager is playing to win from day 1 as opposed to his predecessor who was satisfied to "grind it out" and then "get after it" when the time is right.
We have a long way to go before we make any noise at all in the Amercan League, but aren't you pleased with how we are starting out?
"It's starting to come together Pepper!"
Manager Lou Brown to his coach in the movie "Major League".