Inconsequential yet encouraging

The good: Four perfect innings from D. Lowe, who struck out six.
The bad: Another 0-fer tonight for Corky, er, Nate McLouth.
The usual: Jay Hey singled and walked, pushing his spring average to .450.

I know, none of this counts, but would you rather be 0-11 like the Nats?

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6 Comments on Inconsequential yet encouraging

  1. PepeFreeUs // March 16, 2010 at 1:34 am //

    Good gravy! Lowe looked really sharp.

  2. When Lowe is your fourth guy, you’re doing alright with your starting rotation. Hell, he might even be fifth.

  3. PepeFreeUs // March 16, 2010 at 2:22 am //

    That’s true.

    It’s also entirely possible that he roars back this season and Vasquez reverts to Enigma status. I’m not rooting for the latter, but it’s a real possibility.

  4. Jack Straw // March 16, 2010 at 6:52 am //

    Lowe started strong last year, too. He did a lot to help keep us afloat the first two months.
    Where does J-Hey bat? In the 5 slot?

  5. I finally got to see Heyward at bat – they actually had it on TV up here in Raleigh, one of the few times I’ve been able to watch the Bravos on the road.

    I was really impressed with his eye for pitches; he ended up drawing a walk on a full count.

    Lowe was sharp too, I was happy to see that. As for McClouth, maybe he just needs time to adjust to the surgery? I’d rather him struggle now while figuring out the adjustments he needs to make at the plate – hopefully they’ll be resolved in the next month.

    I’m starting to get restless here, almost like when I was a kid around Christmas time…

  6. charlesad // March 16, 2010 at 8:28 am //

    I think Heyward hits 7th, at least at first:

    McLouth
    Prado
    Chipper
    Glaus
    McCann
    Yesco
    J-Hey
    Diaz/Melky
    Pitcher

    That’s a deep lineup if Chipper and Glaus stay healthy. McLouth is not an ideal leadoff man, but we don’t have anyone else who fits there. Spring struggles aside, I expect he’ll hit .265-.270 with 20 homers and 25 steals. You could do worse. And if Heyward reaches base like he can — maybe a near-.400 OBP — and Diaz and Melky do what they typically do, McLouth should get his share of RBI chances.

    I’m looking for J-Hey to hit .285, 20 HR, 85 RBI and 20, maybe even 25 steals. That’s bold, but I’m tempted to predict even more.

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