Monday, April 16, 2007

Early Season 'Truths'

We're only eleven games into the season, so grand pronouncements aren't warranted, but we can make some salient observations, based on 'truths'.

1. "Hitting is timing; pitching is about disrupting timing." Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, and Daisuke Matsuzaka have shown us the importance of changing speeds, and working both sides of the plate. Beckett in particular looks like he 'gets it', with addition by subtraction via taking a few MPH off his offspeed pitch.

2. "The best defense is a good offense." Fenway's home cooking brought back the offense, and as much as I argued against the obsession with Lugo, he looks pretty good offensively.

3. "The race is not always to the swiftest, or the battle to the strongest, but it pays to bet that way." The early argument was that the Sox played .500 against the weak sisters (KC, Texas, Seattle), but they put the hurt on the Angels, whom (I think) SI picked to be the AL Champion. The Angels don't have Bartolo Colon, and obviously Vlad G wasn't en fuego, but nonetheless, they have a blend of youth and experience, and they ARE one of the best teams in the AL.

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