Monday, February 06, 2006

Jason Lane Blows Hot, Cold

There is a popularly and long held misconception that 29-year-old Houston Astros outfielder Jason Lane was unjustly relegated to the minor leagues year after year because, even though he was ready for the majors, there was no spot for him to play with the big club. In fact, a careful examination of Lane's record shows that he not only continues to struggle against lefty pitching, but that his makeup is such that his performance is marred by prolonged slumps of four, five and even six weeks or more. Pick him up and play him when he's hot, if you must, but don't be afraid to drop him like a cold potato as soon as it looks like he's icing over.