Today at 1:30, while I’m sitting here at work wishing I wasn’t, Daniel Bard will take the mound for his first spring training start. I know today’s outcome doesn’t really mean anything in the grand scheme, but I am very interested in this transition. Bard certainly looked shaky in some pressure situations and might not have the mental make-up needed to close, but he looks to have the contraol and enough pitches to succeed as a starter. Obviously the 100mph fastball doesn’t hurt.
Here’s the line-up:
Don’t expect Carl Crawford to be in there for the rest of spring training and probably not anytime in early April either. Bobby Valentine’s “revolutionary” method of having a guy fresh off of wrist surgery take bunting practice has set Carl back a bit.
I want two clean innings from Bard, is that too much to ask?