Sports and my thoughts

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sports: Scary thought coming true

Terry Francona in another brilliant move said he is going to start Willy Mo Pena in center for tonight's game against the Indians.
Terry Francona's declaration that he intends to play Wily Mo Peña in center field, tonight, had nothing to do with the latest win by former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who ran his record to 4-0 by holding the Washington Nationals to one hit over eight innings yesterday afternoon.

Francona mentioned the plan on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI yesterday, before Arroyo, who was traded for Peña, took the hill, then reiterated his intentions when he met with reporters before last night's game.

Against Indians lefthander liff Lee, Peña played right field, with Dustan Mohr in center, and after whiffing in his first at-bat, Peña hit his second home run of the season, drawing him even with Arroyo.

There's a high-risk factor in playing Peña in center -- defensively, he's shown a tendency to be Wily Oh No -- but the statute of limitations has just about run out on Willie Harris, who was a valued utilityman on a White Sox team that won the World Series last season, but has shown nothing this spring. Harris hit just .176 (3 for 17) in spring training, .161 (9 for 56) in Pawtucket, and is batting .071 (1 for 14) in five games with the Red Sox.

I have the over under on errors at 2. And that is just errors, nevermind all the mis played balls hit towards him that won't be counted as errors. I feel bad for Josh Becket, this won't be a good defense behind him.

Where is Adam Stern when we need him.


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