Lyle Overbay

Over at Beyond the Boxscore Satchel Price notes that Lyle Overbay (and Gregg Zaun) (btw if you want to see a funny moment, look here, Zaun apparently was having some muscle spasms and couldn't throw the ball back to the pitcher, for a few moments) has started to hit. 6 for 12 in his last 3 games with 2 homers and 2 doubles. You had to figure it would happen, he's not the sort to forget how to hit. Slumps happen to everyone (including bloggers) but they look worse at the start of a season. 

It doesn't help Lyle that the heir apparent is tearing things up in Vegas and that we'd all like to see at least one of the pieces we got for Roy Halladay. Wallace, who hit his 8th homer last night, is hitting .285/.375/.671. Wallace seems like that big Christmas present with the nice wrapping that is sitting under the tree and we can't can't wait to get a look at it. But it won't do us any harm if our look is a little later. 

As much as I'd like to see Wallace, I couldn't bring myself to cheer against Lyle. I want all Jays to show well. I'd much rather be proven wrong about a player that I think isn't going to be good, than be right about him. The most tiring thing in the world is reading someone be thrilled that a Jay player not doing well or folks that are unhappy when a player does well, when they think he isn't going to. It always seems like there is too much a want to say 'I told you he would be terrible'. If you get joy in Jay players doing badly, keep it to yourself.

Anyway, it would be great for the Jays if Overbay gets hitting. I don't see him hitting lefties, he hasn't for years now, but I'd love to be wrong. The better he does the better the chance that we can trade him for something useful. It might be a nice little fantasy that if Overbay doesn't hit, the team might release him, but that won't happen for a long while. So cheer for him to do well, helps us in the short run and the long run. 

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