Sunday stat summary: There's an Eric Bruntlett story every spring. The versatile utilityman is hitting .339 after 64 at bats. Here's a quick look at some other numbers worth tracking, particularly in the 'pen.
Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard are slugging over .700. Raul Ibanez has not homered in 65 Grapefruit League at bats. Chris Coste won the backup catcher job by hitting .136. Marcus Giles, in his bid to make the team, is hitting .167. Geoff Jenkins is hitting .238/.308/.378 with 11 strikeouts in 42 at bats. Matt Stairs hasn't done much better than that in the same number of at bats. Following his quietly good fall, Joe Blanton has had a quietly good spring, posting a 2.30 ERA in 15 2-3 innings with a 7/1 K/BB ratio. That's almost as good as Chan Ho Park's outstanding 18/1 ratio. Park has compiled a 2.87 ERA in his 15 2-3 innings, but could be headed to the bullpen because the fifth starter job might belong to J.A. Happ, owner of a 14/6 K/BB ratio and 3.15 ERA. With the season just one week away, Chad Durbin has pitched 4 1-3 innings. Gary Majewski has thrown about three times that amount, posting a 3.00 ERA. Scott Eyre has given up 11 hits and two walks in 8 1-3 innings. Brad Lidge has pitched in only six innings, but his setup man, Ryan Madson, has been outstanding, striking out 12 while walking none.
Game chat: Joe Blanton takes on the Red Sox 1:05 from Bright House Field. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.