Yikes! We sure hope Gene Monahan has some muscle relaxant back in the clubhouse. Was this 10 K performance evidence of a new, more, er, relaxed Contreras, or simply the result of a few generous strikezone calls and a free-swinging opponent? We shall see.
Meanwhile, the Big Three-Oh seems to be treating Derek well: 2 homers and a single today, pushing that average to .266.
Finally, Torre indicates that Halsey will have a shot starting against the Sox on Thursday. That’s a tough assignment, and you have to wonder how much of his success will be determined by who’s umping: if he gets a small strike zone, the patient Sox will be in good shape. But when he gets the corners, he seems to have a bit of Jimmy Key in him.