Panik is just 8 for 50 this spring after going hitless in four at-bats Thursday, though he has delivered three doubles and two home runs. He's looking for a strong follow-up to an impressive rookie season in which he hit .305/.343/.368 in 269 at-bats.
When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”
But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.
“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'
“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”
The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.
“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.
Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.
"There's a ton of guys in here that have shown they can compete at this level," Lindstrom said. "I just hope I can be one of those guys that breaks camp with the team. It'd be fun to be on a team like this, that has so much potential, especially with how many games they won last year. The pitching staff's going to be solid no matter which way they go, but I'm hoping to be a part of that."
Lindstrom has given up seven runs in 4 2/3 spring innings but is excited about how his arm feels this spring.
"I can just tell the ball's coming out better," Lindstrom said. "Hopefully, that can just translate to outs."
It'll be the second straight game Blair has not been available. He has averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 25 games.
Lincecum has dealt with neck issues and mediocre performances but has looked much better over the last week, following a one-run outing Saturday by matching his seven strikeouts in his previous four outings. He appears on track to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter.
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