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Remember when we were discussing whether 2010 Andruw Jones was any different than his 2009 self?
Right now, the answer has to be “no.” In fact, they’d be hard-pressed to be more alike. Here’s what Jones has done in his first 145 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons:
- 2009: .246/.356/.519, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 21 BB, 30 K.
- 2010: .236/.345/.520, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 20 BB, 32 K.
Jones numbers have taken a swan-dive in May, and his individual patterns aren’t the only trend continuing well into this month. Just like in April, the Sox are saddled with siphons.
Here’s how the Sox break down in terms of May OPS:
|Rios (1.069)||Ramirez (.710)||Jones (.739)|
|Kotsay (.919)||Pierzynski (.703)||Konerko (.670)|
|Pierre (.712)||Teahen (.651)|
Breaking down this inventory:
*Only one full-time player is having an above-average month. That’s not to knock Mark Kotsay, who is on a roll for the much-needed corner positions. He just hasn’t played every day. (If you want to knock him, you can say that he’s ran into outs in three of the last four games, including two killer ones.)
*The average players are barely so. A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez get a big boost from playing tough positions. Juan Pierre’s OPS doesn’t qualify as “average,” especially in left field. But his May OBP is .346 at the top of the order, he’s playing a great left field, he’s had some timely hits and he’s running the bases well. Sum up his skills, and he hasn’t been a problem.
*Everybody else has been a problem, and Jones, who isn’t doing much of anything at the plate lately, has been less of a problem than most.
Plainly put, there’s no margin for error, and that’s what makes this season scarier than the other slow starts. And it also makes it increasingly hard to defend Greg Walker, though some may try.
Ozzie Guillen may finally have a wish granted, because Joe West keeps making him look better and better.
West made more noise when his publicist (yes, he has a publicist) revealed that he would be in Boston for the first time since criticizing Red Sox-Yankees games and available for interviews. This is important because the umpiring crews are never announced until hours before gametime.
But while Guillen made for great transcription with his expletives, Mark Buehrle’s comment about West’s music career might have made the bigger impact.
West is finally going to be punished, and everything about this Jeff Passan article is great.
Meanwhile, Guillen once again ran out onto the field to dispute a call at third base with umpire Eric Cooper on Thursday night. Cooper allowed Guillen to push Teahen away and take up the issue. They talked about what Cooper saw, and then Guillen went back to the dugout. No ejection or theatrics were necessary.
Christian Marrero Reading Room:
*Tony Pena says “four innings isn’t a lot.” D.J. Carrasco dealt with his thankless role last year grudgingly, but Pena seems to be embracing it.
*Jake Peavy is starting on Sunday, after all. Because Buehrle only threw 36 pitches, there was some talk of starting him on Sunday and giving Peavy and his not-alive arm a day of rest. Peavy wanted none of that, so he’s got some more talk to back up.
*Guillen likes to give Cleveland fans the business.
*The relationship between Guillen and Kenny Williams is “souring rapidly.”
Minor league roundup:
- Indianapolis 9, Charlotte 7
- A golden sombrero for Tyler Flowers, who continues to struggle.
- Dayan Viciedo went 2-for-4 with a solo shot.
- Stefan Gartrell, homered, doubled, single and drove in four.
- C.J. Retherford went 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Jeff Marquez is back to his old ways: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
- Huntsville 6, Birmingham 5 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Brent Morel went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- John Shelby singled, tripled and drove in a run over three at-bats.
- Christian Marrero went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
- Justin Edwards allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings, striking out one.
- Birmingham 5, Huntsville 4 (Game 2, 7 innings)
- Morel singled and walked in four trips to the plate, striking out once.
- John Shelby singled and homered.
- Marrero went 1-for-3.
- Salem 2, Winston-Salem 1
- For the second straight game, Brandon Short went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
- Eduardo Escobar wore the collar; Justin Greene went 0-for-3 with two K’s.
- Jon Gilmore had a single over four at-bats.
- Stephen Sauer allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out four.
- Santos Rodriguez walked one in a scoreless inning.
- Kannapolis 3, Savannah 2
- Trayce Thompson went 2-for-4 with a strikeout. He was picked off/caught stealing.
- Nick Ciolli singled and doubled, and was caught stealing/picked off as well.
- Kyle Colligan went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.