March 14th, 2007

Four hits for Curtis

Suffice it to say, Curtis Granderson was in a zone today. The 4-for-4 score line doesn’t really do it justice. Other than the bunt single, everything was hit solidly. The wind helped the leadoff homer out of the yard, but it was going to be an extra-base hit regardless. The double was a solid line drive, and the ground ball through the right side was a good piece of hitting. It was a good day for it, too, because he entered the day with only one extra-base hit this spring.

I’ve been getting an email or two about other leadoff options, specifically Pudge, but I think Granderson is going to be fine. He has a simpler approach to hitting this year, and the year of experience seems to have done him a world of good. In any case, Leyland is going to stick with him up there.

  • How aware is Kenny Rogers of everything on the field? When Pudge called him off on a Ruben Gotay popup between home plate and the third-base dugout, Rogers kept running and picked up the bat out of his way so his catcher wouldn’t trip over it. He got through five innings today on fastballs, changeups and sinkers.
  • A couple of good catches in left field for Marcus Thames, who says he’s doing all he can to treat his knee. He had a very nice running grab in the corner.
  • Speaking of Thames, the Padres have supposedly shown interest in him as an outfield option, but they’re getting a killer spring from Termel Sledge, 11-for-31 with four homers entering today.
  • Todd Jones was understandably thankful that he only received a fine for his ejection Saturday. Leyland said he talked to Bob Watson and considers the matter closed.
  • I’m not going to Viera for Thursday night’s game. Hopefully I’ll be watching the first round of the tournament at that point.

Leyland on team attitude

When asked this morning about guys not hustling, Leyland said, "I’m very pleased with everybody’s approach. I think the attitude’s been good. I think we know we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. I think Spring Training’s a real delicate time starting about now because everybody’s pumped up usually to start, then you get to that little lull where they think they’re ready and they look and see they’ve got three weeks to go. So it’s normal in all camps, and there’s not really a whole lot you can do about it, or really want to do about it. It’s part of the process."

Rehashing his comments on the style of play yesterday, Leyland said, "I think it was just nonchalant. People weren’t dogging it. They were just nonchalant. That’s not acceptable."

Monroe back in lineup

He’s DHing today against the Mets. Polanco and Sheffield get the day off, and Pudge is batting second.

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Rodriguez, C
  3. Guillen, SS
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Casey, 1B
  6. Monroe, DH
  7. Thames, LF
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Santiago, 2B

We’ll see if anything comes of Leyland’s remarks about nonchalant play.