It is a good start
, isn't it? I'm a little troubled about how the rest of the lineup
aren't hitting, but it was difficult not to be impressed by three things: terrific work by the bullpen (especially Wagner
), and Burrell
has looked strong, which I think has been getting lost in the shuffle over Burrell's strong start. Having your two hitter get on base is going to enable Thome
to see a lot more fastballs, so he might be able to break out of his traditional April, early-May funk quicker:
Thome hit .227
last April, and .210
in May, 2002. Both times he followed up the next month by going on a tear: .297 in May, 2003; and .330 in May, 2002.
Imagine Thome's numbers without his April starts!