This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
As "Spring" Training 2.0 opens up, I remain cautiously optimistic that we'll see a 60-game regular season slate with full playoffs, but is it certain to happen? Not sure anything is certain these days. One article in the local paper Friday morning stated that 40 of 50 states are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. This shouldn't be a huge surprise with things opening back up, but hopefully it's not as bad as it seems.
Meanwhile, I want to touch on a handful of job battles that I'll be watching this month.
First base is set with Christian Walker coming off a 29-home run season. Eduardo Escobar will handle third base after his 35-homer reason. Jake Lamb could fill in at both positions and handle DH against right-handers. So where does that leave Reno legend Kevin Cron? He certainly will see time against southpaws, likely at DH. He could be an option at first when Walker needs a day off, but is there a path to regular at-bats? Probably not initially, but maybe eventually. Cron smacked 38 homers in just 82 games for Triple-A Reno in 2019 and another six for Arizona. In a hitter's paradise in the Reno desert, Cron batted a monster .331/.449/.777, though his line in Arizona was not surprisingly worse at .211/.269/.521. A .310 ISO is elite level, but can Cron make enough contact at the big-league level? Who knows? In 78 PA with Arizona, Cron