Awards for April 1st
Things Mike Blowers Has No Question About:
* It’s cold
* Playing for a new team affects a player’s performance
* Betancourt is going to be a star
Tonight’s Cure for Insomnia: Vicente Padilla
Best Effort in a Losing Cause: Betancourt, 4-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, scoring on a passed ball.
Makes You Appreciate What you Have: Michael Young, for his defense at short
But I Thought The Whole Point of Cairo Was This Exact Situation Head-Scratcher: Not pinch-running for Turbo in the 9th, but using Jimerson to run for Johjima, forcing Jimerson to run *behind* Vidro, then burning WFB as a pinch-hitter for Ibanez one run down, two outs, Ibanez on second… running behind Ichiro.*
Hope for the Future Award: McLaren leaving Bloomquist in left field after having him run for Ibanez. Did he make the substitution in part because he realizes Ibanez needs a defensive caddy?
The “High Strategery” Award: Jose Lopez sac bunting runners over against a pitcher doing terribly to bring up Ibanez with an open base, with Sexson on deck.
Might As Well Wear Sexson’s Glove: Felix
* So What Would you have done, smart guy?
PR for Vidro with Cairo, the runner who is least useful in other ways.
PR for Johjima with Bloomquist
PR for Ibanez with Jimerson (or vice-versa)
Top of the 9th:
Bloomquist to 1st
Jimerson to LF
Cairo stays as the DH, but you look to PH Morse for him if it comes to that.
Burke enters the lineup for *Sexson* at C (and wouldn’t have to bat for a while)
Making your lineup
You’re punting the 9th a little, but the defense is way better.
But everyone knows by now, I’m a throw-the-kitchen-sink-in guy when it comes to trying to break a game open.