Saturday, April 08, 2006

Early Triumphs and Concerns

Four games isn't much of a sample size for broad generalizations, but a few points stand out.

  • The double play combination of Gonzalez and Loretta appears to be a large upgrade over any recent middle pair. Gonzalez' starting a tough one from the hole last night served as an eye-opener
  • Trot Nixon. Who would have predicted him to 1) lead the team in RBI after four games and 2) have homered off a southpaw?
  • Mike Lowell has been solid at third.
  • Coco Crisp (.381/.500/.881) appears to be a far cheaper alternative to 'Samson' Damon, with a smaller hat and plenty of cattle
  • Jonathan Papelbon looks to have taken up where he left off last season

On the to be determined side:

  • Keith Foulke's struggles look 'workable' as Terry Francona has decided not to let Foulke's salary interfere with his decisions.
  • The bullpen newcomers, Riske and Seanez will get more rope before scrap, but 'you never get a second chance to make a first impression.'

Worrying about this one:

  • Josh Bard looked pretty helpless behind the plate catching Wakefield's offerings against Texas. Because of the potential for base advancement literally destroying Wakefield's effectiveness, Bard probably doesn't have more than a couple of more chances for redemption.

"Baseball isn't a matter of life and death. It's a lot more important than that." If you can't have fun with it, then join the Commissioner's Office.

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