Wednesday, May 13, 2009
With Mark Buehrle and Cliff Lee on the mound today, this game has a chance to be a quick one!
In reading some of your posts to my recent blogs …
Sure glad Corky Miller played last night! Obviously, with night/day and two left-handers, Ozzie wanted to give AJ last night off, knowing he would go against Lee today. Corky continues to impress with his bat and his arm.
I have been a little surprised by how down everyone has been about the team so soon. No question the past 10 games or so have been a down stretch, but we’ve been battling through a number of nagging injuries and have not fielded our Opening Day club for awhile now.
Interesting to note that at 15-17, we match our record from last year (actually, last year, we lost our 33rd game to fall to 15-18). In 2008, we were 18-21 on 5/13 before ripping off eight straight wins to go to 26-21, +3.0 in the division.
We’ve missed BA. While I know he still has doubters out there, when he was hurt Anderson was hitting .288/.383/.327 in 18 games. That OBP tops Coco Crisp (.382) and Willy Taveras (.377) and would trail only Adam Jones (BAL) and Melky Cabrera (NYY) among AL center fielders. It’s way too early to build any argument based on stats, but I want to see our club play together for a week or two before projecting judgments out over the entire season.
We still need to pitch to win … bullpen’s been very good to great. Starting pitching inconsistent.