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.