I saw the game Colon pitched. He has a nice fastball and his other pitches are decent, but that simply isn't enough to get big league hitters out. Next up Zach Miner. Don't look now, but after a rough first start, Jordan Tata has put up two very fine starts at Toledo. I wouldn't be surprised if he was next in line, although can a playoff contender (as of now) really rely on TWO rookie starters?
Jones, Jones, Jones. He didn't get that rollercoaster nickname for nothing. Just a couple of appearances ago, he was getting ready to drop his ERA below 3 and now it's up near 6. I thought he got left out there too long after having a pretty solid first inning before falling apart against a dangerous lefty like Giambi up, but the bullpen was getting used up so there just wasn't much in the way of options at that point. I also think Ordonez *should* have caught that ball that went off his glove after which I shut the game off. I thought he looked good against the Red Sox last night UNTIL that huge mistake pitch to Youkilis. He impressively gets Ramirez out, but gets beat by Youkilis in a big way and that is disappointing. Jones had a very nice stretch, but right now, I don't trust him. Maybe we can look on the bright side that we have backup options in Zumaya and Rodney.
Thames: he's a poor fielder, but I am slowly getting more and more impressed with his bat. Seems he's learned to take a walk a little more often than he used to. He may not still be the answer at DH for the remainder of the year, but he is clearly a better option than DY. Now if only Polanco could do so as well, he might not be barely keeping that OBP above .300 which is HORRIBLE for a #2 hitter. Nice game offensively last night for him, though, and it seems he's been getting a little bit of power back lately. Needs to do that more often in such an important part of the lineup.