6-7. 6-7 after facing two really good teams in Cleveland and Boston. That’s not bad at all. It’s still early, and of course last year’s team hit 6-7 (and took three from KC to get there!), but this isn’t bad.
The good news is the offense has been vastly improved by some new players. Jojima’s the best hitter on the team right now. I don’t remember seeing Ibanez get those hits, but there they are. Jose Lopez is rewarding us faithful with some great power.
The bad news is the offense is much, much worse. Everett’s hitting .154 and looks horrible. Beltre looks like a worse version of last year’s Beltre, which I hadn’t thought possible. I’m not sure how many times I can say his approach is broken before I stop bothering. Ichiro’s off to a horrible start, and Ichiro makes the world turn.
Soriano’s been lights-out and the rest of the staff’s been. Not so good. Pineiro’s looked like good and bad versions of himself, sometimes in the same game.
Most worrisome, King Felix has been abdicating the throne, wandering the earth in peasant’s clothes, traveling incognito, walking the opposition and… man, that’s only two starts, but that is just ugly.
Aggressive base running is exciting and frequently quite dumb.
This team is strange to watch. I don’t know how else to say it. There’s a weird vibe.
I know, that’s the kind of insight you come to USSM for. Sorry.
Up this week: one last game in Boston, then a long homestand with Texas and Detroit (and Chicago, but that’s Week 3).