Sunday, April 12, 2009

An Unlikely Star?

Games 3: Bulls 2, Tides 1
Wrap, Box

Ray Olmedo reportedly told Manager Charlie Montoyo not to expect home runs from him. That makes sense, he only hit 4 all last year with Columbus and only 22 in 10 seasons as a minor leaguer and 2 more in the majors. Then what does he do? He hits a homer in the bottom of the 8th on Saturday night helping put that game away. Then his next at bat (tonight) he hits another. And then he singles home the winning run in the bottom of the 9th! He’s tied for the lead in RBIs and has a stunning OPS of 1.375. Plus he’s doing a fine job at third.

I can’t figure out what Montoyo’s doing with his placing of players. Tonight he switched Ruggiano to left, put Weber in center, and Johnson in right. And now I hear that with Upton’s return to the Rays’ lineup, Matt Joyce is coming to Durham. We’ll see how it goes.

We won, but strike outs were a problem, 13 of them. In fact, every Bull struck out except Ray Sadler in his pitch hitting appearance (he got a walk).

It’s only three games, but neither Chris Richard nor Elliot Johnson has gotten a hit yet. Should I be worried?

Don’t know what to think about the Matt Joyce thing. Here’s a couple of other links about the move: Marc Lancaster in the Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times, and Her Rays.

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