CLEVELAND — Brief and to the Point …
>> The Monday column focuses on the Pirates’ biggest disappointment: Jose Tabata.
If you disagree with that assessment — and bear in mind the operating term here is disappointment, which isn’t necessarily the worst player — let’s hear it.
>> Sorry, I just can’t get on Brad Lincoln for his latest mess yesterday.
Call me nuts, but when you’ve got a reliever with a 0.45 ERA over 13 appearances — and 23 strikeouts over 20 innings — you don’t mess with that. Lincoln’s had a long, hard climb since being the first-round pick. The kid finally found something he could do, and maybe do it really well, and he was thrust into a starting role. This despite at least two capable starters available in Indianapolis in Rudy Owens and Jeff Locke.
>> Want the secret to Pedro Alvarez’s second monster day in a row?
Four at-bats, six pitches. Boom, boom, boom.
It’s not always complicated.
>> Big hockey week ahead, beginning with the NHL Awards Show — including Evgeni Malkin’s bid for his first MVP — Wednesday night in Las Vegas, followed immediately by the NHL Draft at Consol.
If you missed it in the Sunday paper, this was our Malkin feature by Rob Rossi.
>> This was my appearance on KDKA-TV’s ‘Showdown’ last night.
>> My weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio is today at noon. It’s online-only. Check it out.