Friday, June 5, 2009

Overbay fails when it matters most

Just looking at a box score of a baseball game without watching the actual contest can be entirely misleading. Case in point, Lyle Overbay's outing against the Angels on Thursday.

The Jays first basemen had a pair of hits, and drove in 3 runs. Without question, he had a pretty good game. In fact, he has a 10 game hitting streak, in which he's batted over .400. However, when the club needed him to come up big in a critical 9th inning, he floundered.

With the score tied at 5 in the ninth, and runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out, Overbay fell asleep. The Jays turned a double play ball, but Overbay did not react quickly enough when Howie Kendrick broke for home on that play, tossing the ball too late to Rod Barajas. Kendrick scored, and the Angels went on to win the game 6-5. Then in the bottom of the 9th, with Adam Lind on 2nd, Overbay struck out, choking in the clutch.

Is Overbay good, or crappy? I really can't decide. Of all the Blue Jays, I go back and forth on whether he is a viable performer for the club. This much I know; he failed when the team needed him to come up large Thursday against the Angels.

I guess that answers my question.

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