Perhaps the most disconcerting thing is Franklin's play over the last two games. In fact, his overall performance reminds me of Izzy before his "injury." If you recall, Izzy had several games where he was still picking up saves but he was getting hit hard. Fortunately for those games, and for us last night those balls were hit right at defenders. But just like Izzy's liners, if Franklin continues to miss his spots those hard hit balls will eventually find holes. I really liked TLR using the opportunity on opening day to get a look at Franklin. And I hope that Franklin gets back to his early 2009 season form--but I have to admit to being worried.
Another concern is swinging at balls way outside. Several folks looked committed to swinging--and these were at pitches that looked bad coming out of the hand. Admittedly, I didn't have a view behind homeplate but the swings I'm talking about didn't exactly have deceiving action on them. Yadier, Ryan, and even Pujols. I'm going to keep an eye out for it. I just don't understand why they're pressing against such an underwhelming offense like the Reds.
All in all, we've got the brooms in hand, and the real test begins as we delve into the deeps that is 3-4-5 of the rotation. I mean, common, you expect to win with Carp and Waino, don't ya?
Just noticed this post after I made mine. http://www.pitchershiteighth.com/2010/04/08/redbird-reveille-frankhausen-ball-busch-free-parking-jaime-garcia/