The prognosticators seem to be split on the legitimacy of Gomes' impressive start to the 2006 season. For everyone who is jumping enthusiastically on the bandwagon, at least one more seems to be crying "Sell High! Sell High!--and do it NOW!"
As a Gomes owner, my ears are to the ground on all these rumblings. Naturally, I'm very pleased with the double-digit home runs. But I've also noticed how much he has been walking (who knew this guy had so much plate discipline?) He just walked for the 27th time in his first plate appeareance tonight against Seattle. After perusing the leader board, I noticed that Gomes was part of an exclusive club, sitting in the top 10 in BB through May 7. Even more eye-catching are the names who appear with his; only Giambi, Abreu, Bonds, Pujols, Bay, Dunn, Manny, and Thome had collected more free passes than Mr. Gomes. That's some good company to be sure.
Yes, he has struck out 40 times, which can't be ignored and shouldn't be sugar-coated. However, those Ks are much easier to swallow when they are coupled with a healthy dose of BBs. Perhaps I was the only one who wasn't expecting this kind of contribution from Gomes. But I, for one, am pleasantly surprised.