Some random, and admittedly highly amateurish, observations:
- Congratulation to Edgar Renteria, the AL Player of the Week. Take that, Captain Perfect!
- A belated and warm welcome to John Olerud, a classy player who deepens the Sox.
- A nice recovery from last week’s Toronto thrashing, Wade Miller looks to be an extremely intriguing member of the rotation, and the anti-Jaret (fast, cheap, and a modicum of control). He shut down the Orioles tonight, giving up one run in 7 innings of work. Watching the game, however, yielded some slightly uneasy feelings for me. I haven’t looked at the statistics for the game, but the pitching always felt a bit tenuous to me, like Miller was about to lose all his command without warning. He looks to have a nice mix of pitches, including a very tough curveball and enough heat to keep the batters on their toes. At times, though, I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to throw another strike. Perhaps it’s just the residual rustiness that comes with a return from a pretty serious injury, perhaps I was just seeing things. I am very interested to watch Miller in the coming weeks – if this is the beginning of some consistent results from Miller than Theo made a brilliant signing.