On the evidence of his last two starts — serving up 3 longballs to the Yankees today — he might be Leo Mazzone’s greatest project.
OK, perhaps that’s a bit of hyperbole. But I wanted to see if Mark Woehlers was reading this. Mazzone’s former protege, Jared Wright has been competent enough this afternoon, as New York leads Baltimore, 9-1 through 6 1/2.
At the Cell, Javier Vazquez has just reliquinshed a 2-0 lead in the 6th ; a Grady Sizemore triple plated Andy Marte for the Indians, then Sizemore came in on a Jason Michaels single. The White Sox are probably aware that Johan Santana has a one-hit shutout of the Tigers (9 K’s) through 5 innings, the Twins leading 2-0.
After last night’s Booftastic performance, Minnesota can close the gap between themselves and Detroit to a mere two games if they can hang on this afternoon.
Garciaparra may be battling injuries, a slump, an ancient curse – it doesn’t really matter. The story of his comeback season has downshifted – he is once again a player, however enticing, who can’t be counted on for a full season of high-caliber production. His overall 2006 OPS of .875 is fine, and he might still be able to hit at times like he did before the 2006 All-Star Game, but he’s about as risky to invest in as he was in the 2005-2006 offseason. He has ended up being good, but not great … healthyish, but not healthy.
Less than two months ago, it appeared that Garciaparra had either priced himself out of the Dodgers’ future plans or would grab a big chunk of salary to remain. Barring a heroic finish to the season, Garciaparra now stands to merely attract another one-year contract with incentives or a two-year deal at affordable rates. A three-year deal would seem out of the question.
Does that make Garciaparra more likely to remain a Dodger in 2007? On the one hand, he’s more affordable; on the other, James Loney becomes a more viable alternative at first base, leaving the Dodgers to invest capital elsewhere.