Early Returns

Yes, we know it’s way too small a sample size. And we also know that arms get tired later in the season, not earlier. But to this point the designs in Boston are looking as refined as Renzo Piano’s latest.  To wit:

  • Mike Lowell: .320BA, .393OBP, .600SLG
  • Coco Crisp: .333BA, .385OBP, .458OBP, 6R, 2SB
  • Josh Beckett: 2-0, 14IP, 1.29ERA

We’re not forgetting Adam Stern, picked up by Theo as a Rule V draftee last year, or his other prize youngster Jonathan Papelbon, but for the moment we’ll stick with the high-profile regulars slotted into the lineup. There’s also not much reason to cite Alex Gonzalez’ offense, since it wasn’t the reason he was signed, but at this point he’s on a pace for several fewer errors than last year’s rental.  So far, so good.

9 comments… add one
  • Coco’s on the shelf!

    YF April 12, 2006, 9:14 am
  • PS: Bronson’s 2-0 with a sub 2.00 era and a pair of dingers!

    YF April 12, 2006, 9:49 am
  • Can’t you Yankees fans think about anything other than Red Sox players or ex-Red Sox players? You guys just are obsessed.

    SF April 12, 2006, 9:56 am
  • Ummm, not to rain on your parade about Lowell, SF, but if remove yesterday’s game, his BA and OBP become .190 and .292 respectively (incidentally, you transposed his OBP and SLG numbers).
    It’s a small sample as you observered, but the truth is, his numbers at the end of the season are likely to fall somewhere in between. Probably better than last year, but not as good as Mueller offensively either. I am encouraged though by the number of extra base hits.

    Anonymous April 12, 2006, 9:57 am
  • I guess you are right. If you take away Wang’s two starts he’s got a 0.00 ERA, no?

    SF April 12, 2006, 10:14 am
  • You know, if you take away the yankees three wins they’re 0-4, which makes them the worst team in baseball.

    mattymatty April 12, 2006, 12:11 pm
  • The point being SF that you used yesterday’s exceptional performance to misrepresent Lowell’s performance over the previous six. He’s largely been a hole in the lineup. I’m all for a little pom-pom waving, but your point is silly, no?
    Random variation tells us how he’ll hit, but not when. Lowell just got his hits for the next five games in all likelihood~

    Craig April 12, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • Oy. Please re-read the first sentence of the post.

    SF April 12, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • I did and I acknowledged your observation that the sample size was small. But my point isn’t that the sample is small, it’s that it’s skewed by a spike making the statistics cited meaningless.
    And for the record, I’m a Sox fan.

    Craig April 12, 2006, 6:45 pm

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