Monday, May 22, 2006

Good, Bad, and Ugly from Weekend (5/19-21, '06)

Good: Randy, Charlie Brown in Game 1, Aaron Small.

Bad: Ninth inning of Game 2.

Ugly: Billy Wagner turning into JohnFranco/ArmandoBenitez/BradenLooper.

Well, what can I say about Randy Johnson that hasn't been said? That trade and subsequent signing to the extension may go down as one of the greatest blunders in Yankee history. Pretty soon it'll replace the punchline Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps.

Charlie Brown continues to look hittable. Yes, he was pretty good in Game 2, but his swoons usually don't last this long. My prediction? He's going to turn into a middle of the road closer, but the Junkees will pick up his option for next year for PR, and he'll be lousy.

And the Junkees will continue to have those games where they score 17 runs off hideous pitching, and struggle against the good teams. So their numbers will say, hey, they're third in the AL in runs scored! And they'll have the games where they score a lot and lose, so our buddies like Alex will point to their torrid on base percentage, which is tops in the American League. But put it all together, and they don't necessarily have the making of a championship team.

See you in Boston!

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