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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Accentuate the Positive

What I liked about yesterday's game

1) Matt Clement pitched ok. Kept them in the game, didn't seem to get rattled. If not for that error and botched DP, his line would have looked better.

2) Tito's management of the bullpen. Perfect.

3) The bullpen. Almost perfect.

4) Mike Myers making Matsui look foolish. OK, he eventually got a bloop. But damn did he look silly before that.

5) We're starting to hit.

6)We're starting to hit for power
7) Making Rivera blow Yet Another Save. I actually thought, when he came in, oh good, we can get him. Great feeling. And it was ALMOST a loss potential, if JD's ball had just traveled a few more feet.

8) Millar's defense. Some *great* places. That 3-2-3 DP was a thing of beauty.

9) Our Captain Clutch.

10) Mark Bellhorn's line - On base twice/Two K's. That's so Bellhorn.

11) The Stienbrenner-Cam. Did you see the look on his face in the top of the ninth? Priceless. First the Pickle-face(tm). Then the dismissive hand-flap. Then the pasty-white jawdrop. Great stuff.

Things I didn't like so much.

1) The loss (duh)

2) The lineup. C'mon, Tito, drop Edgar down the lineup at least until he gets over his nerves or whatever they are. Stick Bellhorn back in the two-hole maybe? That seemed to work ok last year.

The lineup I'd put out.
Johnny Damon
Mark Bellhorn
Manny Ramirez
David Ortiz
Kevin Millar
Trot Nixon
Jason Varitek
Bill Mueller
Edgar Renteria.

3) Clement needs to work on his control just a *smidge* more. (although I was really fine with his hitting Jeter, that man needs to move off the plate). But I'm sure Clement will. He looked great in Spring Training with this aspect and today Im sure the adrenaline and nerves were off the charts.

4)Edgar Renteria. I realize Manny hasn't hit either, but I know Manny. He has his mini-slumps. He breaks out. I don't know Edgar yet. Also that error? *shudder*. I'm willing to believe in the New Team Nerves. Look at Cabrera last year. I felt the *exact* same way, yet by the end, I adored him. I can see it happening again.

See? The list of stuff I liked is MUCH longer than the stuff I didn't like.
Game on in a few hours. Go, Sox!

posted at 8:56 AM by Hoothehoo


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