Just a few frustrating observations about the first week of 2011.
The Jays are playing an afternoon game today, but it’s Thursday and I am at work. This means not only can I not go to the game live, but I also can not watch it on TV.
The Jays are off to a 4-1 start, but nobody seems to care about it. Instead the three biggest pieces of news coming from the AL East are:
1. Boston is 0-5
2. Tampa Bay is 0-5
3. Baltimore is 4-1
Yunel Escobar is off to a blazing start (.474 average, 1.342 OPS, walk off HR), but was sent to hospital for neurological tests after hitting his head sliding into third. A potential concussion would sideline the SS for at least a week, maybe more. Let’s hope for good news.
Aaron Hill. I was hoping for a bounce back year. I really thought he had it in him to put up decent numbers, even something as “average” as a .255 batting average. Yes I know it’s early, but a .211 avg, .190 OBP, and .453 OPS is not good. Even worse is how hopeless he appears at the plate sometimes. Last night was a prime example.
First Inning: Lind on second, one out. Result: Weak ground out to third.
Fourth Inning: Leadoff. Result: Pop-up, virtually straight up to second.
Fifth Inning: Escobar on third, two out. Result: Pop-up, straight up, foul territory
Yes he came through with a big single in the 8th to drive in an insurance run, but the weak ground outs and straight up pop-flies are a sorry reminder of last season.
Hey – we’re 4-1, and have won two straight without Bautista. I’m happy.