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ST - 2/28: White Sox (Marquez) @ Cubs (Heilman) - 2:05 PM

I hope I have this much success starting GDTs in the regular season...








Bradley still out with flu-like symptoms...

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Heilman will be fabulous if he continues to strike out four of every seven batters he faces this year.
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Good to see Heilman solving the pitch count issue by throwing two pitches with one motion. Very efficient on the shoulder.


Probably also helps greatly in getting batters out. A little distracting trying to pick which one to swing at.

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AZ Phil on the pitchers:


Aaron Heilman got the start and was masterful, working two innings (22 pitches - 17 strikes - 2/0 GO/FO), allowing just one ground ball hit while striking out four and walking none. His sinker looked very good.


Kevin Gregg (19 pitches - 12 strikes 1/1 GO/FO) allowed a double while striking out one in his one inning of work, and Neal Cotts (20 pitches - 11 strikes - 0/3 GO/FO) labored a bit while allowing a hit (also a double) and a walk in his inning.


Rule 5 pick David Patton only threw nine pitches in the 5th, so Manager Lou Piniella sent him out for a second inning. Patton was (like Heilman) a strike machine today (26 pitches - 21 strikes), allowing just a harmless single while stiking out two


Ken Kadokura nibbled his way through the 7th (27 pitches - only 14 strikes), allowing a hit and a walk, but Jason Waddell got through the 8th in about two minutes, throwing only six pitches (resulting in one ground out and two fly outs).


Esmailin Caridad worked a scoreles 9th (17 pitches - 12 strikes - 1/1 GO/FO), although his outing was extended a bit longer than it should have gone when he committed a throwing error on an easy comebacker to the mound. But Caridad has good stuff and works fast, and he looks like he could be ready to pitch in the big leagues right now.


Sounds like Heilman looked as good as his line was and that Caridad is impressing. Neal Cotts struggled.

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