One week in. And so far, only reliably awful Ubaldo (“Ubado?”) Jimenez has left me having the immense urge to hammer on the panic button. In Brett Myers’ case however, I have faith that it was just an off-day against a Toronto team who has the potential to hang double digits on someone every game. And if it weren’t for pure bad luck on an incredible display of defense by Toronto’s Emilio Bonifacio, that was a winnable game as well. I digress.
But he sooner the organization places Jimenez on waivers, the better. The man is a walking drinking game of a bad sort; one that will cause liver corrosion in about a month. We just need him to be blandly average and he’s completely incapable of doing even that. It is at that point where I’d rather the team take their lumps with a still-developing Trevor Bauer over a clearly and mechanically-broken flash-in-the-pan who might only be good for maybe four quality starts a season. And I might be generous.
Now that I have the obvious out of the way, I really like what I’m seeing offensively. Save for the first two games in Tampa, I like the way the guys are swinging the sticks. There’s major wreckage potential here and it’s easy to forget what it’s like to have guys that opposing pitching staffs fear. Obviously, Carlos Santana’s wrist or thumb is a major concern with how absolutely lava-hot he’s been at the onset, but hopefully it was just a scary-looking glancing blow that won’t keep him out for two long.
(An aside: How on earth is it possible that Perez could’ve been crossed up that bad anyway? There was no runner on second, so unless they were thinking that the runner on first was peeking in and were shuffling the signs to shield against that, I seriously don’t know how else they would have screwed that up. I’m hoping they sent Chris to the eye doctor or something. Stuff like that shouldn’t happen. Am I right?)
And Pronk being Pronk. At least he got it out of the way early instead of doing it in a soul-sucking and late-inning fashion. By that token, he was charitable. I must admit, it’s nice to see him look healthy.
All in all, not a bad opening week. Masterson’s been great, Bauer showed flashes of his talent in his spot-start, Vinnie’s his usual strong self. Reynold’s is doing his “bombs away!” thing. There’s a lot to like about this team amongst a couple glaring blemishes, especially when guys like Cabrera and Kipnis are scuffling early. So I know, it’s too early to start looking at the ledge even if Jimenez is having a crappy day.
Bottoms up, anyway.