Freddy Garcia allowed three runs over three innings yesterday in the Phillies 6-4 win over Tampay Bay, but as Michael Radano of the Courier-Post points out, there’s no call for panic when it comes to the rotation.
Garcia, Brett Myers, Cole Hamels and Jamie Moyer, who makes his third start this afternoon against the Tigers, each struggled in their last outings. Pitching coach Rich Dubee isn't worried, and told Radano it's just a matter of building to where they need to be for April.
"Freddy threw all right ... His arm feels good and that's the main thing. He was elevated a lot and he's not staying behind the ball like he needs to. But that's a timing thing and a rhythm thing and the more reps he gets the more he'll get into that."
In the meantime, Jon Lieber pitched another solid outing yesterday, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts over four frames against the Astros. Adam Eaton, who’s pitched in a regular game and also a B-game, has also been sharp among starters.
Offense: For the second straight spring, Shane Victorino is getting more looks than an player, going 11-for-26 with only one strikeout thus far. Yesterday against Houston, Vic went 2-for-4 and scored the Phils' first run with a steal of home. Bench candidate Greg Dobbs, who’s 12-for-24 in Grapefruit League play, hit a solo homer off Brad Lidge in the sixth, his third tater and ninth RBI of spring, both tied for second most in baseball. Nice work, Dobbs.
Others who’ve performed well in include Karim Garcia (8-for-25), Wes Helms (9-for-24, 2 homers) Michael Bourn (8-for-23, 3 SB) and Brennan King (8-for-19).
Slow starters include Aaron Rowand (3-for-21, 5 strikeouts), Jimmy Rollins (4-for-18) and Chris Roberson, who’s hitless in 10 plate appearances.