From the top down (cont.)
Posted: Thursday May 10, 2007 11:05AM; Updated: Thursday May 10, 2007 12:23PM
Around the Majors
Roy Oswalt is 19-1 vs. the Reds, which is incredible when you realize Oswalt is going to be around a lot longer. The Yankees are 18-2 in their last 20 vs. Texas.
Bad start in Toronto: They're meeting to decide what to do, and you'd have to think manager John Gibbons would be feeling a bit uneasy. He's just about the lowest-paid manager in the game (around $450,000), which may not help his chances.
If it makes Gibbons feel any better, his old nemesis, Shea Hillenbrand, is a bust in Anaheim. He has no homers and a .225 batting average.
Kei Igawa's use of sunglasses while pitching makes me wonder if his best sport might actually be poker. You know he did a good job bluffing the Yankees into committing $46 million to get him.
Nice to see old friends Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada both batting exactly .354. "Posada's better today than he was five years ago,'' one scout said.
Nice also to see good guy Derrek Lee, who's been through a lot, lead the NL again, at .394.
Former Marlins World Series stars Josh Beckett and Brad Penny are a combined 11-0. Pavano hasn't been quite as fortunate.
While Cardinals players, coaches and upper management have their Series rings, much of the front office staff hasn't received theirs yet. No truth to the rumor it's a budget decision.