Friday, March 9, 2007

Garza, get ready

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Sidney Ponson gets the start this afternoon against the Dodgers, and so far he looks like the same pitcher who was designated for assignment twice last year.

In the first inning, Ponson allowed three runs on four hits and a walk. The big blow was Andre Ethier's rocket of a double into right-center that drove in a run.

A Twins fan sitting off to my left here in cozy and beautiful Holman Stadium seems ready for Ponson to be released. "Hey, Joe!" the fan shouted. "Tell him to throw strikes! He's going to hit his pitch count in the first inning!" I heard the same fan grumbling about the rotation prior to the start of the game.

Yes, it's Ponson's first official spring outing. But I'm sticking with my prediction that Matt Garza will fill the open vacancy in the rotation.

1 comment:

Nelson said...

The Twins need to release BOTH Ponson and Silva. Carlos is just another Alan Anderson, Scott Erickson, or Joe Mays; he's a one-hit wonder, and his time has elapsed; the league has his one-pitch mix figured out. He sucks, as badly as Ponson does. Plus, he's something like 330 pounds now. In fact, he looks like he ate Ponson. Get rid of that corpulent, gutless idiot! Trade him to the Mexican League for one of those cool Monterrey Sultans caps.