....It's official that Kaz is moving to second base and it is also official the Mets front office is stupid. Any shadow of a doubt that I held out is gone, they are boneheads
Jim Duquette says Kaz has been talked to about moving to second base and he accepted the move.
I'll just ignore this. Besides, he was far away from making an impact on the ML roster and his arm could not shoulder the load. It was one game yes, and one game does not make a season. But he topped 100 pitches and kept his velocity up although he had some control issues. But I'd rather have a 20 year old lefty fireballer with control problems than a 29 year old righty with control problems. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to drown myself in the toilet. It was ironic that he made his debut tonight when we had a certain someone make their 2004 debut for the Mets with drastically different results.
Floyd should miss a couple of games after getting hit in the elbow by Jake Peavy. I know he has the injury prone tag, but bad things do seem to happen to him. With the bad luck he has, he fits right in with the Mets.
I'm too pissed to discuss much Mets, so I won't.
On Adam Dunn's August 10th home run:
Fortunately, Dunn's mighty homer off Lima didn't break any windows or cause any concussions. According to an HOK architect who helped design the park, it landed on a street named Mehring Way, a ridiculous 535 feet from home plate.
Then it hopped along for another 200 feet or so and came to rest on a piece of driftwood on the banks of the Ohio River. Which, according to local geographers, meant it was hit in Ohio and came to rest in KENTUCKY.
That is crazy. It is not too often that a baseball will traverse two states before finally laying to rest.
He does mention of stripping all labels such as closer or set up man which I hold heartedly agree with. Too many times you have your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th best reliever pitching in the highest leverage situation only to hand the game over to you highest paid and highest skilled reliever IF he makes it through it. Most of the closer's opportunities are not in tight situations as many of the set-up men. Also in the bullpen he advocates dumping lefty-lefty/righty/right match ups which I simply deplore as much as he does. Art Howe would role over his grave if he read that one (I know he's not dead, but I can pretend right?).
It is a pretty good read although I feel he kind of dumbs it down a bit. The idea that it is just that easy to assemble the type of team with players than can perform in the roles he defined is not going to happen. At least not for every single major league team. You would be hard pressed to get one or two teams to assemble the type of quality players to fill Keri's ideal roster. The game of baseball has been around a while and for better or for worse has progressed to where it is now and will most likely stay the way it is. There is far greater emphasis on pitch counts and innings pitched and with the rash of pitcher's going under the knife and not being able to shoulder the load. The idea of squeezing more out of them would prove to be rather tricky and something that would completely buck the trend. I am for managers and GMs bucking trends especially when there is room to improve. I do think he brings up some good ideas in terms of a four man rotation. I think teams can simply skip the fifth starter spot more than they do. If you have pitcher that can give you 40 starts like Schilling, I think you should use him that way. Those extra five or six games he starts is certainly better than passing them on to some fifth starter whose ERA is over 5. Also if a team is making a playoff push and they have four quality and relatively capble arms, it does not seem harmful to do a four man rotation for a certain stretch or half the year even in some cases.
The White Sox who have had just horrible success with their fifth starter and have some relatively youthful arms in their rotation would be a prime candidate for the four man rotation experiment at least for a portion of the season. Their top four starters would certainly have more success pitching on short rest than whomever is playing the role of their fifth starter on that given day. However, instead of trying that direction, they have been searching for fifth for the past two seasons. They had one temporarily in Schoeneweis, but he got injured. A four man rotation may have been their best shot of the playoffs and keeping up with the Twins.
Then came 2004. In 118 games, he has shattered his previous high of 23 homers by 15 and has 38 and counting. He already has topped his career high in RBIs and is only two runs away from topping that one also. His AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS have all obviously increased over his career averages with the production he is laying out. However, the real issue is how much is he worth? Beltre always had the ability and still had age on his side being that he is only 25. As disappointing as he was, he was still young so the Dodgers held out hope. The year he is having is of superstar proportions. Is he worth a mega contract with something of equivalent value that Miguel Tejada had received, or are people going to be skeptical that Beltre will regress as he has done before? Beltre's contract this time around is going to be his best shot at breaking the bank. His next contract should take him at least until he is 30. He is primed to begin a stretch run of 6 or 7 amazing years if he can keep it up and will most likely try and maximize his opportunity. Is he worth eight million per year or 12 million per year? Or should he still be considered a risk?