Jed Lowrie’s Big Bat

Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie watches his walkoff solo homerun with Toronto Blue Jays catcher John Buck during the eleventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts August 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

With all the injuries and disappointments in the 2010 season, perhaps one of the more pleasant surprises has been the superb play of infielder Jed Lowrie.

For a player who missed the season’s first 94 games — not to mention missing most of ’09 with a left wrist injury — reminding the organization that he was still alive was quite the powerful message.

After debuting with the big club back in 2008, Lowrie figured to play a big role in the club’s future. Unfortunately, 2009 was a lost season — putting him on the organizational backburner. Beginning the 2010 season on the 60-day DL didn’t help matters either, as it seemed he might have more of a career in Pawtucket than Boston.

But Lowrie has done quite the job reestablishing himself in the BoSox’ future…

Jed Lowrie and the Sudden Chance to Shine

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Lowrie, Bowden Face Crossroads in 2010

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Important Seasons Upcoming for Bowden and Lowrie

For all the talk about 2010 being a “bridge” year, it looks more like the team is building a new Boston skyline than a bridge over troubled water. With three big free agent signings already in the books and more expected to come, the team might as well be jumping cannonballs off the ledge with the huge splashes we’ve seen so far.

Still, the “bridge” that we’re seeing is really quite interesting in what it says about the team’s upper-level prospects and players ready to contribute on the major-league level.

In particular, this upcoming season will be crucial in the careers of Michael Bowden and Jed Lowrie. Though Bowden may have dug his own grave with his ineptitude on the mound last season (much of which was bad luck, i.e. a .377 BABIP) and Lowrie’s season was cut short by unfortunate injuries, the team’s “bridge” may not be to the next group of prospects – per se – but, rather, it is a bridge over the current failing batch, Bowden and Lowrie…

Lowrie Activated

Injured shortstop Jed Lowrie was activated from the 15-day disabled list today, following a rehab stint in Pawtucket. Lowrie has struggled with his surgically repaired wrist this season, causing him to lose his feel for the lumber.

Lowrie was successful in his latest trip to Pawtucket, hitting three home runs in his first two games after beginning his assignment on August 23rd.

The shortstop has played in just 19 games this season for Boston, hitting .143/.206/.232 with one home run in 63 plate appearances. His AAA numbers are a mixed bag, as he showed good plate discipline (13 BBs versus 13 Ks) and good power, while batting just .176.

Poll: “Short” handed Red Sox

New Poll Question:
What to do with the Sox caught “Short” handed?
With Jed Lowrie out until at least the All Star break and possibly longer, what should the Red Sox do at SS this season?
– Nick Green all the way to October
– It’s Julio Lugo’s job to lose for 2009
– Lugo/Green split time until Lowrie gets back
– Bring in Bobby Crosby, or someone else from the outside
– Maybe Hanley’s still available (for laughs only please don’t vote for this unless your baseball IQ is < 1)
As always, new poll is up to the right…vote away and argue it out in the comments.

Poll: What early season situation most concerns you?

New Poll Question:
What early season situation most concerns you?
We all know that the season hasn’t started off firing on all cylinders. It’s also fair to assume that Dustin Pedroia won’t bat under .200 over the course of the season, so over-analysis at this point is slightly futile. That said, there are a few things that are or could be concerning moving forward. Which of the following early season outcomes could be most detrimental to the team over the long haul?
– Jon Lester’s 9.00 ERA
– David Ortiz’ slow start (.173/.293/.206)
– Jacoby Ellsbury’s OBP struggles from the leadoff spot (.254)
– Jed Lowrie’s injured wrist
– Daisuke Matsuzaka’s arm fatigue

The good, the bad, and the Tek

Early season series against top flight division rivals are always difficult to measure. It’s been said time and time again that the Red Sox, Rays and Yankees are likely to play themselves all around .500 against each other by the time this season shakes out and the team that outperforms against the rest of their schedule has the upper hand in the race for the division. That said, it’s never easy to swallow being beaten in your own house by a team you’ll be battling with all season long.

Given that it was the first three games of the season, a whopping 1.9% of the full slate of regular season games, it’s difficult to draw any firm conclusions without being beaten over the head with comments about sample size. But as it is the regular season and no longer the fruitless analysis of in game Spring Training analysis, it is fair to point out a few things that were both good and bad omens, directionally speaking.