It was an improvement for Worley, who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings in his previous spring appearance. However, it's been all downhill for him since opening the spring with three scoreless innings March 3 against the Orioles. Worley has a 10.13 ERA through three appearances.Analysis:
Correia was hit hard Wednesday, surrendering four runs on seven hits in three innings. He managed just one strikeout.
The Pirates jumped on Correia for a run in the top of the first inning, but Minnesota quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first. However, Pittsburgh broke open the game with a three-run third inning, which featured a two-run homer off the bat of Pedro Alvarez. Correia's ERA jumped to 6.00.Analysis:
Jimenez was shaky from the start Wednesday, as three of the first five batters reached base. Domonic Brown then unloaded a two-out, bases-clearing triple to give Philadelphia an early lead. Jimenez wasn't much better in the second inning, surrendering one run on one walk and two triples.
"It was a tough day," Jimenez said, per MLB.com. "The first time I got to pitch from the stretch in a game and it got the best of me. I couldn’t find a good release. When I got from the stretch. And that was after the leadoff guy got on base right away, so it was a little bit tough to get in a good rhythm.”
Jimenez's ERA jumped from 0.00 to 9.00 in his second spring start.Analysis:
Duensing, who won 10 of 13 decisions and recorded a sparkling 2.62 ERA that season, was banished to the bullpen full-time last year and will remain out of the rotation in 2014. He also suffered through a miserable spring. He has yielded five earned runs in three innings. He has allowed four hits, including two home runs, and two walks.
He signed a $2 million contract in the offseason to avoid arbitration.Analysis:
Kuroda struggled from the get-go Wednesday, though, the game was delayed 25 minutes because of inclement weather. The Tigers would score four times in the first inning, which included an two-RBI double from Nick Castellanos. Kuroda then gave up two more runs in the third inning on a double to Trevor Crowe.
Kuroda's ERA jumped from 0.00 to 6.48. He does have eight strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings and has walked just one batter this spring.Analysis:
Sanchez kept New York off the scoreboard until Francisco Cervelli clubbed a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the third inning. Sanchez has posted a 3.00 ERA through nine innings. He also has struck out nine batters, while not issuing a walk this spring.Analysis:
Bauer likely fell out of the competition when he was mashed for six earned runs in two-plus innings Monday against the Angels. The strong springs of Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco have also pushed back Bauer, who has another minor league option.Analysis:
Balfour reported a dead arm after his last outing. He owns a fat 19.29 ERA after three exhibition game performances.Analysis:
Asked if he still considers Davis a platoon player, Brad Ausmus said he does. "I'm not locked into it, but probably if I had to choose today, I'd lean that direction," he said. "That doesn't mean he can't earn his way into more playing time with us. We gotta fill that position somehow. And if Rajai proves he can play against any starting pitcher, then he'll play if he helps us win."
Davis has thrived mostly left-handed pitching throughout his career. He has been one of the premier base stealers in the sport, but you can't steal first base. His .312 on-base percentage last season was a reflection of his impatience and poor eye at the plate. He had just 21 walks in 331 at-bats.Analysis: