Random Thoughts from the Double Dip
Monday, July 26, 2010 | by Ian Hunter
After a combined 5 hours and 27 minutes of baseball over the course of two games (in other words, a typical Yankees/Red Sox game), here are a few random thoughts from yesterday's double dip:
Who would've ever guessed that Lyle Overbay was going to be the hero in the first game of the double header? Overbay isn't your prototypical slugging first baseman, but he very quietly gets the job done yet takes a lot of flack from fans.
Defense is something we almost always take for granted. This isn't any knock on Brett Wallace or anything, but I have a feeling we're going to miss Lyle Overbay's glove the first few seasons that Wallace takes over first base.
Jim Leyland fielded nine rookies in the second game of the double header. That's right ... NINE. It makes me wonder who would win in a seven game series - that Tigers roster or the current incarnation of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Scott Downs has not allowed a run since June 6th, or his last 15 innings of work. Downs trade value just keeps getting higher and higher as the trade deadline approaches, and I wonder if Alex Anthopoulos is just waiting until the off day on Thursday to unload all his trades.
Compared to Brian Tallet, how good does Jesse Carlson look right about now? In his last 10 games with the Las Vegas 51's, Jesse Carlson has a 1.46 ERA and has give up 2 earned runs. Brian Tallet on the other hand has given up 16 earned runs in his last 10 games to the tune of a 8.64 ERA.
I posted on Friday how Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler have been coordinating their wardrobe over the course of the road trip. Well, Sam Cossentino picked up where Buck left off and they ended the series with another matching effort.