It was a short — and disastrous — outing for Ben Sheets against the Reds in Goodyear. He faced 10 hitters and left without recording an out: 10 runs (9 earned) on 8 hits with one walk. Every hitter he faced crossed the plate.
You can’t put a ton of stock into spring numbers, particularly after just three starts, but the stats aren’t pretty for Sheets so far — 4 1/3 IP, 17 H, 18 R, 15 ER, 2 BB, 1 K … Yikes.
Addressing the media afterward, Sheets said his arm actually felt better today than it did in his previous two starts. He threw mostly fastballs but said his mechanics are still “a work in progress,” and thus his command is suffering.
“When you can’t even get out of the first inning, it’s ridiculous,” he said. “I don’t mind giving up 10 runs in the spring if I go four innings. But to not get an out is embarrassing.”
He seemed pretty level-headed about everything, saying he’s got three starts left to pull it together for Opening Night. A scout’s radar gun had Sheets hitting 91 mph, and the right-hander thinks that’s about right for him at this point in spring training.
He was hardly sugar-coating his outing, giving reporters this gem: “People have had bad springs before, but this is taking it to a whole new level.”
Reds lead 11-4 in the sixth. … Fernando Hernandez relieved Sheets and threw two scoreless innings w/two strikeouts, and Jason Jennings went 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Kurt Suzuki doubled in two runs in the third.