Friday, April 8, 2011
By Jeff Flinn - Contributor

Thumbs Up

  • Weaver and Haren were masterful, and minimized their pitch counts enough to give the bullpen much less work.
  • Walden continues to mow the batters down.
  • The hitting was just timely enough, as the RISP hitting was better against the Rays than it was against the Royals.
  • Kendrick seems to have rediscovered his 2nd half of 2009 hitting, and in addition is chasing much fewer down and out sliders which has led to 5 BBs already after 6 games.
  • Callaspo is looking like the April 2009 through May 2010 version again. If he can continue that, it allows Izturis to play 2B and SS as needed.
  • Trumbo showed a lot in getting 3 hits on Wednesday afternoon, and showing some ability against righties.
  • Mathis finally got back into the swing of things at the plate on Wednesday afternoon.
  • The defense continues to look solid for the most part.

Thumbs Down

  • Vernon Wells continues to struggle mightily at the plate. It's early, but hopefully it won't last for too long.
  • Torii is so important to this team, but it would be nice to see him hit into fewer double plays.
  • Not really a thumbs down, given his lack of experience, but Kohn really does need more seasoning at AAA. I like the moxie that he showed in September though.
Love to hear what you think!

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