*Picture from the Boston Globe*
After stumbling his way through half of April and all of May, JD Drew busted out in a big way last night: 2 HR's, 7 RBI's, and a one fingered salute (figuratively) to the people who doubt his ability. Guy has been GRINDING the last several weeks, and if the team had not been rollin' along, he would have been crucified in Boston.
Glad to see last night happen: the guy is too good, too much of a natural ball player, to keep struggling like he has. Let's hope last night is the launching pad to a great rest of the season.
Beckett goes to 9-0, and they best start engraving that Cy Young trophy right now: he is as nasty as he's ever been, and after struggling mightily last year, looks like the ace he was expected to be. 8 innings, 3 runs, 8 k's: Filthy.
Gotta love Lugo making like Tanner Boyle from the Bad News Bears and fooling the rookie with the old "hidden ball trick" AND leading the game off with a HR to get it started. Out of all Theo's big signings this off season, Lugo has been the one giving me an ulcer: your lead off guy has GOT to be able to get on base more than once a week. He's shown when he DOES get on that he can just cause havoc on the base paths and the pitchers head: Lugo's greatest skill, so far, is to run really fast while looking really awkward. Maybe last night will be a new start for him too.
Still, 39-21, with a 10.5 lead over the second place team on June 9th is not a bad place to be.
Finally, there's this: Julian Tavarez is pitching tonight. In a National League park. Which means he WILL be batting.
Imagine the possibilities.
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