Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
posted at 5/25/2011 2:15 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II : Well my bad. Taken in the same context of the pitchers not trusting Salty I wrongly assumed context. I didn't exactly see that as Pap just pounding on himself to Tek after a couple of hangers but that is me, maybe he was. Let's leave it as my bad. On Morales I personally don't think they see him as an inning eater. I think they see him at least in the short run as a true LH specialist, the kind of guy you ask to get a LH and then go get him. His issue seems to be walks not giving up hits. He may well eat innings but I assume that you mean that when we see him doing that it is really good or really bad news for the RS. The guys on Baseball Tonight talked about something I sort of knew but hadn't taken notice of and that was the number of quality LH starters that are power pitchers has never been higher in MLB as a percentage of the starters. When you think of it that way, Theo has been building his system and his MLB trade paddling against the current. BTW I think some folks are writing off jenks and Wheeler too early just because they pitched hurt until it hurt (try to play through pain until the performance makes you address it). Jenks could be a killer guy as a late inning pitcher and Wheeler had been so consistent for so long it is hard to just write them off (at least for me) based on short sample sets which were accumlated prior to DL trips. And in Jenks case the length of the DL trip tells us it was a serious issue. I don't doubt they found a mechanical flaw, mechanics almost always alter to compensate when a player is pitching around pain. This could still round out to be an excellent and deep bullpen. Still watching Sportscenter and being an equal opportunity kind of guy (stinkin' bleeding heart, tree hugging, socialist pig that I am) I must mention that Coco Crisp had another web gem tonight.
Posted by fivekatz
That last paragraph was good. I've noticed you are showing a very clever sarcastic wit this year. It's a welcome addition to what you already bring to the table.
Funny how posters show more of themselves as they feel a bit more comfortable in their surroundings. Now, if You'll just start one
has shown poetic genius that he kept hid for years!
Unfortunately, it can work the other way. Two years ago, Softy was one of the finest posters here, IMO. But he's so into defending himself and the constant rhetoric, it's hard to do anything but mock or ignore him at this point.
I must admit I'm losing some interest in the forum this year, but this thread is truly a Godsend.
Back to baseball, I'm not so sure Jenks was pitching hurt. He never mentioned it and nobody else did. His injury may have had more to do with his physique. But the time off allows him a fresh window. He has the stuff to cut it, but his command has to improve. He facing better in a tougher venue.
The Wheeler "injury" was even denied by him! I don't think he's gonna be what the team saw in him. Jenks is the best bet.
My take on Morales eating innings isn't a slight on him. It's more to get work and refine his stuff. He looks like a flyball pitcher - and that doesn't bode well in Coors.
He is tough on lefties, which is why he's here. I love the idea of two good lefties out of the pen. Oki in 2007 was invaluable...and irreplaceable.