A special week for Derek Jeter results in a Three Up Three Down First
It may be an abbreviated week in baseball, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had performances both good and bad in the American League East. With an undoubtedly smaller sample size than usual, let’s take a look at a quick version of Three Up, Three Down in the American League East.
Can’t knock Jeter this week. In his final All-Star Game, he finished 2-2 with a double and a run scored. Sure, there was a little mini-controversy with Adam Wainwright coming out and saying he gave up the double on purpose, but still, it was Jeter’s night start to finish. Maybe the FOX broadcast said his name two or three or fifty times too many, but the man got his ovation, got his hits, and even made a nice defensive play in his final All-Star appearance. Good for you, Jeets.
You’re damn right Buchholz is on the Three Up list. In his final start before the All-Star game in Houston on Sunday, Buchholz looked better than he has in a year. Take it with an entire shaker of salt, since it was Houston and it was the final game before the break, but you can’t look at his line and not be at least a tiny bit encouraged: CG, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K. Now THAT is the Clay of old. Whether it’s a flash in the pan or a sign of improvement to come remains to be seen.
Holt continues to be one of the only bright spots offensively for the Red Sox, and on that same Sunday before the All-Star Game, he had his best professional game. With many family members and friends in attendance (Holt went to Rice and is from Fort Worth) Holt went 5-6 including a leadoff home run that literally brought tears to his mother’s eyes in the stands. It was pretty awesome.
Lester gets the LVP award for the American League All-Stars. Two earned on three hits in one inning isn’t the best performance I’ve ever seen. At least he chose to do it in a game that didn’t mean anything. Now, about that contract…
Non-Jeter Offensive All-Stars
Jeter went 2-2 in the All-Star Game with a double. The rest of the American League East (Jose Bautista, Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones) went 0-6 with three strikeouts. When your division is terrible and you’re trying to convince people otherwise, that is not the way to do it. Shame on you, AL East. Shameeeee.
Boom! That’s right, the old fakeroo. Jeter is our first ever Up and Down player. So, after everything I said about him, why is he listed as one of my Three Down? This is why. Listen; I don’t blame Jeter at all for that. He didn’t ask the FOX broadcast to mention his name every three seconds. But they did. And it was nauseating. Just a three-hour lovefest for the guy. For that reason, Jeter is one of my Down players this week too.
That’s it for this week. As always, check back every Thursday too see who is Up and who is Down in the American League East.