Day 38: Cactus League record: What does it mean?
Updated: 4:35 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. –What do make of Cactus League records? Not a whole lot. After all, the Rangers, a team that has played in the last two World Series, are 7-16 this spring.
The A’s? They’re 14-5 this spring. So, you know, draw your own conclusions there.
The Padres? They’ve played well the last two or so weeks. There’s a value in that, just not a whole lot. You see teams play like the ’27 Yankees here only to fall flat on their face during the regular season. The opposite holds true as well.
“You want to play well as opposed to not playing well,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “We have been playing well the last 12 days. Our pitchers are throwing well and offensively, we’re doing some good things.”
So you have to dig deeper, go beyond the win-loss record, go beyond the ERA, go beyond the batting average to get a true indicator of how a team and, specifically, a player is doing here. For hitters, that means looking at the quality of the at-bat, the swing, etc.
Hey, it’s another split-squad day for the Padres.
Check back later for more information.
Here’s all the information on today’s games.
* Dodgers (12-8) at Padres (15-11), 1:05 p.m. Peoria Sports Complex
Radio/TV: XX 1700 (Bob Scanlan, Andy Masur, Jerry Coleman).
The lineups: Maybin 8, Venable 9, Headley 5, Alonso 3, Hundley 2, Kotsay 7, Bartlett 6, Cabrera 4, Kelly 1.
* Padres (15-11) at Rangers (7-16), 1:05 p.m. Surprise Ballpark
The lineups: Hermida 9, Guzman 7, Clark 3, Grandal 0, Gyorko 5, Baker 2, Galvez 4, Parrino 6, Luebke 1.
Updated: 9:45 p.m.
— 2B Orlando Hudson (strained right groin) will play Thursday. He’s also scheduled to play through the weekend. The last game here in Arizona is Sunday.
— 1B/OF Kyle Blanks is “feeling better,” according to Bud Black. Could still be a DL candidate to begin the season.
— RHP Jeff Suppan (strained right triceps) will test his triceps by playing catch today.
— RHP Luke Gregerson was supposed to pitch Monday but was bothered by a back spasm. He’s on the list to pitch against the Rangers today, so we’ll see if the team gives him one more day or not.
— OF Jeremy Hermida has a ligament strain of his left pinky finger. He’s in the lineup against the Rangers.
That’s it for now.
Updated: 4:35 p.m.
— Padres get a split today, as Brad Davis hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as San Diego topped the Dodgers in Peoria, 6-5. The box score for that game can be found here. The Padres fell to the Rangers in Surprise! 10-9. That box score can be found here. A lot of hitting to be had in Surprise, as Jeremy Hermida hit two home runs.
— We’ve got an overview of the Minor Leagues system, something I put together today. Should be an interesting year for teams in the system.
— Nick Hundley had a laser of a throw in the third inning to catch the speedy Dee Gordon tying to steal second base. No time, but I’m betting it’s around 1.9, maybe less.
— Cameron Maybin was 0-for-3 before getting a hard-hit single in his last at-bats. He’s hitting .213 this spring. “Cam can run a little hot and cold at times,” Black said.
Corey Brock, MLB.com