Spring Training is in full exhibition mode. Major League Baseball’s Cactus and Grapefruit slates are underway and baseball fanatics can’t get enough of the action despite the fact that the games and the player stats don’t count, officially. Major League Baseball 2018 Season Win Totals Update (Feb 26).
Since the first day pitchers and catchers report in mid-February of 2018 the chatter has been about the rookies that might, veterans who look to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign and Los Angeles Angels Japanese import Shohei Ohtani.
Before the April regular season debut of Major League Baseball franchises and their players we still have hundreds of Spring Training games to play. Both Arizona and Florida have been invaded by team faithful and soon coaching staffs and front offices will begin chipping away at the current rosters, moving 60-something to 40-something to 30-something and, finally on decision day, down to the 25 major leaguers who will be part of their clubs Opening Day roster.
The official website of Major League Baseball reported that “two days after his first start on the mound, Shohei Ohtani made his second debut of the spring, batting second and serving as the designated hitter in the Angels’ game against the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex on Monday. Ohtani did not record an out in three plate appearances for the Angels, finishing 1-for-1 with an RBI single and two walks. In his first plate appearance, Ohtani battled back from on 0-2 count to work a walk against Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles. Ohtani walked again in the third inning against left-hander Buddy Baumann and adeptly advanced to second base when Baumann uncorked a wild pitch to the next batter.”
The MLB website article went on to state that “Ohtani, 23, made his first start on the mound against the Brewers on Saturday, allowing two runs (one unearned) over 1 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts.
In other relevant news New York Mets’ starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard‘s latest Grapefruit League outing featuring mostly Minor Leaguers, in front of a mere 3,000 people at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Syndergaard took the mound in the first inning and threw four consecutive fastballs of 100 mph or faster. MLB.com reported that Syndergaard also threw a “92-mph changeup that Jose Altuve, the reigning American League MVP Award winner, said would strike him out 100 times out of 100”.
The World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, WestGate of Las Vegas, updated their 2018 MLB Season Team Win Totals:
Major League Baseball 2018 Season Win Totals Update (Feb 26)