Melkey Sucks? - The last three or so years, Crash and I must have sent that text to one another, maybe 2 to 3 hundred times. Well guess what? He doesn't suck any longer. Getting sent to the minors last year might have saved this kid's career. He got his wake up call, and is now playing with an intensity on a daily basis that in the past we only saw glimpses of. His batting line: .321, 4HRs, 10 RBIs, OBP .397 (Gardner: .222, 0HRs, 4 RBIs, OBP .286)
Matsui is back - last 7 games he's hitting .333 and running what appears to be full bore.
Ramiro Pena is the real deal - if he keeps developing, what are the implications for DJ when his contract is up in a few?
Tex is feeling the pressure - while his batting average is a Crash-like .189, his OBP is still solid at .354. It's like we have a younger version of Giambi that can actually field. He'll turn it around.
Old Prof is Older. - birthday at the end of April
Concerned about CC - not his recent performance, but Girardi keeping in him for long outings - makes me wonder if he'll have any gas left down the stretch.
BullPen Beatings - I"m glad the lumps are coming now and not in September. Phil Coke seems to have found his way, I think I like what I see out of Melancon. Edwar and Marte are a waste in my view, and would like to see a trade engineered to add to some help in this area.
.500 - If we can be above .500 by the time A-Rod and Wang come back, I'll consider it a huge positive.
Triple Crown - Outside of injury, it is happening this year, and it is happening in the NL. Albert Pujols (projected at: 58 HRs, 187 RBI, .356) leads the NL in HRs and RBIs and is 4th in Avg - those above him avg will fade (Beltran, Votto, and Ibanez). He is the best - period end of story.
Dodgers - Joe Torre has that club playing ball. At 18-8, they have the best record in the league with a +41 run differential. I remember there were times I was screaming to have him fired - multiple times, when he was the skipper for us. However, this is turning out to be a case of not knowing what you have until it is gone. I want him back!!!
An opportunity to make some hay in the division this week. Upcoming schedule: A pair of two game series, first the Sox, then Rays, then a 3 gamer in Baltimore.