But scouts contacted by the Daily News weren't impressed with Tanaka's stuff.
"I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt based on what he did last year," one Major League scout said. "But would I be worried based on what I’ve seen lately? Yeah, I’d have to be a little worried. ... He’s either saving himself for the season or he’s protecting that elbow a little bit, because his fastball has been around 89-90 (mph), with no life on it today. Two-seamer or four-seamer, it was flat and hittable."Analysis:
Ramirez posted a 1-2 record with a 6.23 ERA and seven strikeouts in five spring training appearances while Montgomery posted a 2.38 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings pitched.Analysis:
Wojciechowski, who is still competing for a spot on the pitching staff, added three strikeouts and one walk while pushing his ERA to 1.71.
"It was frustrating, but I know it's all part of baseball," he said to the Houston Chronicle. "You're going to have your good days and you're going to have your bad days. You got to find a way to get through it and to adjust. I was starting to find my off-speed stuff late in that fourth inning. It was just one of those games for me."Analysis:
Rodriguez, who now has a 3.13 ERA this spring, said after the game his shoulder was giving him a bit of a problem after trying to field a ground ball, reports 680 The Fan in Atlanta.
Rodriguez said he was able to get his arm loose shortly thereafter and didn't think it was much of an issue.
Rodriguez, who is fighting for a spot on the pitching staff, has yet to lock up a roster spot.
"We have not made any decisions," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's him; he doesn't shy away from contact, which is a great thing. He left a couple pitches up to a couple good hitters. But other than that, I liked what I saw."Analysis:
Anderson had put together a nice spring coming into Tuesday's start but fell flat, watching his Cactus League ERA jump from 1.84 to 4.34. He has posted an 11:5 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings this spring. Anderson was recently named to the starting rotation, and his schedule lines him up to make his regular-season debut April 10 against the Dodgers.Analysis:
Zito added two strikeouts and one walk to his totals. He finishes spring training with a 5.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings over six appearances.
"My timing was a little off today," Zito said. "Obviously I can paint pictures in my head of what could happen, but that's where this game can take you out of the present moment."Analysis:
Martinez was making his final start of the Cactus League season after winning the fifth spot in the rotation. He made it through just one scoreless inning Tuesday, and his ERA jumped from 0.84 to 4.20 over the course of one afternoon. Martinez will likely be on the mound for the team's home opener on April 10 against the Astros.Analysis:
Holland threw three scoreless innings in his spring debut but couldn't match his success Tuesday, giving up just one run through four innings before the Cubs racked up four more runs in the fifth. He was making just his second start of Cactus League play after dealing with shoulder soreness earlier in camp. Holland is expected to pitch the team's home opener April 10.Analysis:
Hernandez dropped to 0-3 on the spring, and his ERA ballooned to 10.22.Analysis:
"This is a tough game, but everybody here is good at taking the positives out of things, and that's what you have to do in this game or it will break you down pretty good," Nelson said. "I've been trying to take the positives from every outing I've had and keep them in the back of my mind and remember how that felt, whether it's mechanically or mentally or anything like that. The pieces are there, I'm just putting them together."
Kranitz indicated that he saw improvement in Nelson's slider Monday.
"We saw some really good things," said Kranitz. "We needed to have him put guys away with the slider, and yesterday, there it was."
Nelson said his confidence remains high heading into Saturday's final spring start.
"I really have just been focused on attacking the strike zone," Nelson said. "Things we can control as pitchers are walks. Hits are going to happen. I've really been trying to cut down my walks first and foremost, and build off that. It's building blocks. First you have to get the strike zone. Then you have to command certain parts of the strike zone. Then you can start doing more advanced stuff."Analysis: