The Electric Commentary

Friday, June 09, 2006

Sports Notes

- The Brewers have apparently righted the ship, getting quality starts from Dave Bush, Cappy, and Doug Davis to take the series from San Diego after getting blasted by the Pirates and Nationals. Much of the credit for the resurgence should go to Bill Hall, who busted out of his slump, and who continues to hit big HRs. He's also been stellar defensively at short, to the point that I now think he is superior to J.J. Hardy at the position. As of now, Bill Hall should be getting major All-Star consideration.

- The NY Mets now feature players named "Endy" and "Lastings." And Lastings is apparently very, very good.

- Kudos to the Baltimore Ravens for landing Steve McNair, the first competent QB in Ravens' history.

- Finally, is this guy the next Randy Johnson?


  • Bill Hall is a good shortstop, but I would dispute that he's a better shortstop than JJ. Hall has a mighty arm and home run potential which I think could land him in the outfield or third base on a more permanent basis. JJ is an effortless, unflashy fielder with better range. A natural shortstop. He will eventually hit for a decent average without Hall's power but also without Hall's penchant for prolonged slumps.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 9:50 AM  

  • On that last question, the answer is no. The bird flew away for Christ's sake! RJ freaking vaporized his unlucky fowl.

    By Anonymous Rashid Z. Muhammad, at 9:50 AM  

  • I agree with Mike. Hall is solid, but Hardy is a textbook shortstop. They should cut Ricky Weeks though. That guy sucks. He's worse than his errors indicate. He makes little league mistakes. He can hit, but it's like he doesn't even try in the field.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 9:55 AM  

  • zach jackson actually looked ok too... their pitching is still in shambles though. i think 80 wins is optimistic at this point.

    the brewers should trade lee and koskie. if they actually have the balls to do this, i think they will make a run at the division title in 2007.

    i think hall at 3b and hardy at ss is the future. and i like that future a lot.

    By Blogger ahren, at 12:59 PM  

  • Jackson did look good. If not for Koskie's pointless spin move and Ricky Weeks in general, there would have been way fewer runs scored on him. And if your middle-reliever gives up two dingers, one to Vinny Castilla, what are you going to do?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 1:50 PM  

  • They should trade Lee, for sure. They can probably get a pretty penny for him too as he is putting up typically inflated walk-year numbers. Plus they have Cory Hart waiting in the wings.

    I'm fine seeing Koskie go as well. Cirillo is a fine backup in a pinch, and I assume he's much cheaper.

    I'm not as sour on Weeks as Danny. Sure he sucks on defense. Alot. And he's kind of stupid. But he probably will get better, and his offensive potential looks outstanding. It will make up for a lot of bad defense.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:24 PM  

  • Jackson is also cool because he wears his socks high.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 2:40 PM  

  • I didn't want to ditch Hardy, and I haven't looked at a good Hall v. Hardy defensive comparison, but my impression has been that Hall has more range than Hardy. My only question is who should play 3rd and who should play short. They're both better options than Koskie

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 5:53 PM  

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