For the rest of spring training–Opening Day in Cleveland is a week from today–I’ve decided NOT to provide my daily game recaps. For the most part, I enjoy writing them but with the White Sox record the way it is (9-17-1) and the regular season approaching, I’m going to start focusing on the key 2011 storylines. So, if you were expecting my angst about Philip Humber’s start yesterday against the Cubs or Adam Dunn‘s 0 for 5, three strikeout day, you’re going to be disappointed.
Morel’s the Man
It certainly was no surprise, but Ozzie’s declaration that rookie Brent Morel is the starting third baseman became official yesterday. The wise decision gives the Sox an excellent defensive player at an important position and a promising line-drive hitter in the lineup. As with any first-year player, there will be ups and downs with Morel, but Mark Teahen will have much more value in short spurts as a backup at third, first, left and right.
Who Will be the Last Man Standing?
I’m assuming, right or wrong, that Lastings Milledge has made the club as the fourth outfielder and Humber, despite yesterday’s performance, will be the fifth starter until Jake Peavy is ready.
If that’s the case, the Sox will break camp with a 12th pitcher–presumably Jeffrey Marquez because he’s the only pitcher with uncertain status still in camp–or keep the versatility of Brent Lillibridge.
The other possible scenario is the Sox acquiring a pitcher from outside the organization and Humber or Marquez filling the “seventh man in the bullpen” role with Lillibridge on the outside looking in–and he’s out of options.
By the way, what IS up with Dunn?