Random notes (written on the 14th, posted on the 16th):
Bill Mueller’s injury (out 8 weeks) could prove to be a blessing for Vinny Castilla, who was reportedly the subject of a Don Baylor plea last last week. Give me Vinny, he said. In trying to remember why I drafted Vinny this spring, I remembered that he had an awesome winter in Mexico. And I wasn’t expecting much, which I suppose you could say he delivered.
The Red Sox demoted Pax Crawford (who admittedly had two bad games recently) and Tomo Ohka (who had one). David Cone and Tim Wakefield are their replacements. I suppose that when veterans a team has commited to are available there might be good reasons to give them another shot at the expense of youngsters. I think it makes more sense, however, to keep the youngsters in the majors, let them work out of the bullpen. But options make the kids expendable. My prediction: The tenure of Cone and Wakefield in the rotation will be quite short. My verdict: I still wish I had Ohka. Crawford I’m not so sure about.
Jason Marquis is a good young pitcher who made a nice start on Saturday. He doesn’t have a role as a starter, as yet, with John Smoltz returning this week. Want to know my take on Smoltz? He’s trying to take his time, but ultimately he’s rushing back. He may well have a handful of good starts, but the odds are good he isn’t going to be pitching in August.
Did you notice that Jeffrey Hammonds is hurt?
Alex Escobar is one hot streak away from solving the Mets outfield problems, at least partly. My skepticism isn’t that he can’t do it, but that the odds are against him (or any other rookie whose name isn’t Pujols). And if he struggles a little he’ll end up back in Norfolk faster than a NY minute.
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