It’s been 4 games for the Sox, and finally the bats came alive. Many guys were stinging the ball he first three games, but it was usually hit right at a guy.
Adam Dunn started a bit slow, but he did reach base via the walk in 2 of the 3 games he played. However, he exploded today in Surprise. He crushed a Neftali Feliz pitch deep over the wall in right. It wasn’t the length of the home run that I liked, but the speed that it left Surprise field. It was a laser. Last year many of his bombs looked like golf shots, but died at many a wall. Mind you I know nothing, and it’s only one swing, but his swing looks more level, which should result in more balls leaving the park.
He also smoked a double off Michael Kirkman, which to most is no big deal. However, it is if you know that Kirkman is a left hander, and Dunn hit a measly .064 vs southpaws last year. He would never admit it, but I bet he feels great after taking Kirkman’s pitch and depositing it into right center.
Been a tough outing for 2 of 3 Sox starters. John Danks and Jake Peavy had less than glowing first outings. Yawn…It’s their first start of spring training. Check back with me in late March if they are struggling. Danks, who is as nice, and competitive as you can get, was not happy with his outing against the Angels. He’ll be fine. He is also more than deserving to be the Sox opening day starter.
Forget his start last year where his record didn’t match his performance most nights. He is as good as anyone around, and it’ll be fun for him to start the season in front of family and friends.
Jake Peavy was much different. Just a FYI. Peavy is not a guy who likes to give up runs, whether it be in spring training, regular season, or in beer league season. However, I think he is so happy to be healthy that giving up a couple runs was the least of his worries. I know most don’t understand, but this is these guys job, and one injury can end everything. Yes, they make boatloads of cash, but also remember, more money means more expenses.
Let’s see. Brent Morel looks good. A couple, three hits for the Sox 3rd baseman. One thing I do like is most of the Sox hitters are just hitting the ball where it is pitched. If they can drive it, they will. If not, a single will do.
Jarod Mitchell also looks strong. The former LSU wide receiver blasted a home run the other day. He is quite an athlete. It looks like he has a little trouble handling the breaking pitch. He can smoke any fastball, but it’s the wrinkles that separate the men from the boys. If things falls right, I think you’ll see Mitchell getting his shot late this season, or next.
And what can I say about Brent Lillibridge. He is proving to be an invaluable member of the Sox. Will play just about anywhere the Sox put him. Plus, he hits. He was confident last spring, but he knows he belongs in 2012. He reminds me of a better Dave Robert’s, a utility player who played over 20 years ago.
Congrats to Robin Ventura for getting his first win as a manager, a 6-3 win over the Rangers. It means nothing, but it’s always better to win than lose.
His first battle with the hated Cubs tomorrow. It should be fun.