Re: Since the 15-9 debacle..
posted at 5/2/2012 11:30 PM EDT
In Response to Since the 15-9 debacle..
[QUOTE]. . . the Sox bullpen has gone 10 games and 29 innings and given up a total of 2 runs, neither of which hurt. Not bad, and the new guy tonight looked good with 5 k's and 0 runs in 3. The hitting, on the other hand, looked not so good, but especially AGon, who looks a little lost at the plate. With the bases loaded I could swear he was hoping for a walk. One swing total in six pitches, two of which were near the center of the plate, but not of course thenone he swung at. In the 9th I'll bet he was thrilled to hit that weak grounder and not strike out.
Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]
It's useless to pretend that Gonzalez is not hurting the team ( except with the glove ) going back to September of last year. His bat is lethargic. He's taking pitches down pipe and swinging at bad ones. He looks a little dazed at times.
Carnie may be right to believe that Gonzalez will warm up with the weather. We'll see. But will he cool down again with the weather, as he did last year? I realize that his shoulder might not have held up for the entire season, but, again, he simply didn't look good at the plate.
When he's right, he has a smooth glide swing that will produce long balls when his timing is acute. But it is not the wrist-snap swing of the true slugger -- that deadly last-split-second launcher.
BV won't and shouldn't sit him, save maybe for a game now and then. He needs to get AB's until his timing improves. This club needs his bat in a big way. The sooner, the better.