Some Surprises

Seattle – their outfield defense is one of the best in the big leagues.  I love what I’m seeing from Endy Chavez, Gutierrez in center and now Ichiro back in right.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mariners lead the league in double plays this year based on the fact that they can keep a double play in order cutting off balls in the gap, getting them back and holding runners at first base.  Those little things like that don’t show up in the box score.

The Yankee offense – not very impressive.  I think when you compare it to other Yankee lineups the past 10 or so years, this one is very bleak.  You can clearly see the loss of A-Rod, but even if he was in the lineup I don’t think it’s very deep.  One of the things that the Yankee lineup used to have is 1 thru 9 when you can have Posada hitting 7th or 8th and hitting 25 home runs, that showed the depth of that lineup. That’s just not there right now. And I don’t know if it will be at all this season.

Ian Stewart – as I have been raving about the last year, this guy needs to play more.  This young man has tremendous upside – Larry Walker-type potential.  If they cut him loose I think he has a chance to hit 30 home runs, drive in 100+ and be a big time player.



  1. The Wheelhouse

    My man – what about the Pirates start, and more significantly the starting pitching. It’s been a promising staff for a long time and with Gorzo starting in AAA, the thought was that the pitching would struggle again. From what you know about Joe Kerrigan – has he changed the philosophy of the group? The thought was to have Andrews up with those kids in the majors since he had them in the minors, but that didn’t work out.
    With the sweep today – it was the first time the Pirates starters all got wins in a 3-game sweep since 8/11-13 2006.

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