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3.23.2006

The Best Defense.... 

Is to take offense. Barry Bonds is suing to freeze the profits from Game of Shadows. Interesting manuever.

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Time for a Fifths Update, with the standard disclaimer: I know they're small sample sizes. But they count for something.

Fifth outfielder

Jason Ellison
Offense: .422 / .527 / .578 (45 AB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 9 BB, 2 K, 2 for 3 SB)
Defense: According to Giants Jottings, he made an ugly error Wednesday.
Comments: Best spring performance of any Giant. Especially impressive is his job getting on base.
Fortunes: Mojo waxing.

Todd Linden
Offense: .265 / .387 / .347 (49 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 8 BB, 9 K, 1 for 1 SB)
Defense: Had a terrible defensive day early in spring. No reports recently.
Comments: Most at-bats in camp this spring. The lack of power and high K total is a concern.
Fortunes: Waning.

Fifth starter

Brad Hennessey
Pitching: 16.2 IP / 23 H / 13 ER / 2 HR / 9 BB / 8 K
Comments: More Bad Brad Thursday. The K/BB rate has now entered Rueter territory. Whatever goodwill he earned last year is starting to dissipate. He probably needs a couple strong starts to finish the spring.
Fortunes: Waning.

Jamie Wright
Pitching: 9 IP / 0 ER / 7 H / 5 BB / 7 K, plus a decent outing against Team USA.
Comments: I saw somewhere he either makes the team by March 29 or gets released to try elsewhere. He might make that decision a tough one, especially with Hennessey faltering. For what it's worth: Rich Draper says he has to "pitch himself out of the [fifth-starter] spot."
Fortunes: Yup. Still waxing.

Kevin Correia
Pitching: 10 IP / 6 H / 3 ER / 1 HBP / 7 K / 0 BB
Comments: And from out of nowhere, here comes Kid Correia along the rail! Spake Felipe: "Starting or relieving? We don't know right now, but he has been overpowering, and he's making the decision [over whom to keep] difficult."
Fortunes: Starting to wax big-time.

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