I want to start with a question. Last night I saw the replay of the rundown on Friday night when Lake was signaling the runner to go to second base. I saw the replay only once but it looked like when Lake finally broke toward the plate that he could out run the 3B easily and the catcher was straddling the base line. Lake tried tor run around him and was tagged out. If that was the case, I beleive had he run straight into the catcher, who did not have the ball, he would have scored because the catcher would have been called for interference.
Did any of you see the play as I did? If this is correct, then the coaches have to do their job.
Second item is there is an article on CSN that now might be Lake's time. What a terrible thing to do to a kid. Damn sportswriters do anything to sell papers and create some terribly unrealistic expectations.
While I agree with Sveum that we want to see how Lake hits against right handers, to me the real test is when he gets into a slump like Castro did for a few months earlier in the season. How he deals with that and adjusts will show us a lot about what we have here.
I was impressed with him in ST. There were times he looked a bit confused but he is playing with a bit more confidence. At the same time, it also looks like he feels that he must be spectacular to stay in the big leagues. He does not have to steal every time he is on base. I will be glad when he settles down.
Just my thoughts.