Roy Oswalt won today. He looked sharp – 6 hits in 6 innings and 1 walk. He “strained” a rib muscle and left after 87 pitches. He didn’t look hurt – the curve and slider were as sharp as ever, velocity was 94-96, his motion smooth and graceful as ever and he wasn’t taking longer between pitches.
Dotel, as usual, is looking better as the weather heats up. I am getting worried about the possible overuse of Miceli and Lidge. Also, I would love to know what Jimy has against Morgan Ensberg. (Lamb, who can’t catch a cold, has been playing and Vizcaino played today.) How could it be hitting or his glove? Must be personal.
Doggie has not been hitting well for over a month. All of a sudden, around May 6 he just started with 0-fers. It isn’t that he’s been unlucky and had well hit balls that were caught by glove wizards, but has been swinging late or at bad balls. Or not at all at hittable pitches.
Do guys happen to have a bad day then start getting down on themselves? And it just goes from there? I would think that with all the video they have to watch that if the stance or hand position were different, it would be discovered right away. I’m sure that we have NO intention of resigning Doggie, no matter how he does this year, so I guess I’m glad to see Jason Lane getting to play.
I’m sure that yall have noticed how well Daryl Ward is doing for the Pirates. I remember that when he was with the Astros, he had said that he needed a lot of playing time to be good and that he didn’t do well off the bench. So of course, Jimy kept him on the bench all the time. And of course he didn’t do well. When no one in LA could hit worth a bucket of warm spit last year, I wondered why they didn’t give him a shot. Like, who did they have who was better? Well, I guess you can suddenly improve even when you’re past your “peak” year. He must not read PECOTA or forecasts since he is officially OTH. Good for Daryl. As long as he doesn’t beat us.