6. Aren't you fascinated and encouraged by the decision to convert Franklin Morales back to a starting pitcher? (He made 15 starts for the Rockies from 2007-09.) The 26-year-old lefty has the repertoire and stuff to succeed, and the talent has never been in question -- he was the eighth-ranked prospect in the game by Baseball America just four years ago, a spot behind Clayton Kershaw and two ahead of David Price. But his downfall with the Rockies was his control -- he walked 5.3 batters per 9 innings during his four-plus seasons in Colorado, compared to 2.8 since coming to Boston last year. Someone here is doing some good work with him, because not only is his walk rate down, but his strikeout rate is up. I'd love to have seen the reaction of Rockies executives when they learned he threw 65 of 80 pitches for strikes in his his start at Wrigley Sunday.
7. Six current Red Sox were ranked among the top 36 prospects in baseball prior to the 2007 season by Baseball America, including the No. 1 prospect overall. Counting them down, there was Salty (36), Jacoby Ellsbury (33), Morales (30), Andrew Miller (10), and the No. 1 prospect ... Daisuke Matsuzaka. Do with that what you will.
8. Maybe it's because my optimism regarding this team has grown with the five-game winning streak, or maybe it's just my usual delusions kicking in, but I genuinely believe both Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez will be significant-to-huge contributors before the summer is through. I know its foolish to put much stock in aesthetics, but Gonzalez's swing has looked much better lately. He's close, people.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
Love Coop, but that has to be the worst hat-uniform combo the Sox have ever had, doesn't it?
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.