Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I (Silently) Told You So

Ok, I could have sworn that I claimed to be optimistic about what Mike Lowell would bring to the Sawx this season. The closest I can find is an allusion to the pretty obvious 'Roid suspicions involved in his precipitous dropoff from '04 to '05. But seriously, I was happy about it - we could afford the salary (especially as part of the Beckett deal), it was for two years, and at very least he was going to play Gold Glove 3rd base. Well, he's played superbly in the field...and is hitting .333 while remaining one of the Major League Leaders in extra-base hits.

Wily Mo is starting to make a believer out of me, perhaps CF is his best position. And he just rakes the ball. Plus, he's both huge, and slightly expendable - which will come in handy for the inevitable brawl with the Yankees. (I say we send him after Robinson Cano...)

And, more good new on the way with one Covelli Crisp returning soon (btw: ouch!:
Crisp, meanwhile, is not much more than a week away from rejoining the Sox, his rehab stalled two weeks ago by a debilitating bout with kidney stones.
TMI!) and Big Boomer Wells to return on Friday...

I don't want to get too jacked up and jinx the whole thing, but this could turn out to be a pretty special team - deep starting rotation; a lock-down closer; great infield defense; depth (two out of Crisp, Nixon and Pena for the non-Manny outfield spots) another murderous top-to-bottom lineup, featuring Kevin Youkilis, the Greek God of Walks as one of the emerging leadoff hitters in the game (with the glaring hole being the Gonzales-Cora-Pedroia Axis of Feeble at short); and a two of the most feared hitters in the game as our anchors in Manny and Papi...

I feel a tremendous sense of trepidation even posting this but...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep your eye on Wily-Mo. He's talented but will start bitching if he's not in the lineup every night. My Reds are doing pretty well by Arroyo, so I think it's been a win-win trade. Hopefully he won't get figured out by NL hitters and fall off later in the year. The over/under on the Reds implosion is the All-Star break.

Just Karl

Mr Furious said...

And the MVP v. Shoulda Been MVP line from last night?

Papi -- 2 for 4, 3 RBI (in the 3rd and 7th innings)

A-Job -- 2 for 4, 2 RBI (in the 9th down 9-1)

Just sayin'...

Hummmmmmmmmmer said...

Was at the game last night... my god is Willie Harris terrible at the plate. Statistically, he would have done better last night if he passed out in the batter's box each time he was up (worked for David Patten).

I can't understand why this guy gets at bats, ever. You realize his career slugging percentage is below .300? He's a 2B. Can't understand why Tito sometimes lets him play center.