Friday, April 08, 2005

Jose And The Pussycats

Jose Vidro left little doubt about who'd be taking home the much-coveted Majority Whip Award in yesterday's game. (Despite another 4-hit game by the Kentucky Masher)


Jose's tie-breaking homer in extra innings added to his earlier Sac fly and RBI single.

Other notes from 'watching' the game on the radio...

--Brad Wilkerson's amazing. Another four hits, and at one point he had 7 in a row.

--Esteban Loaiza looked solid early, but tired quickly. After barely escaping the 6th with a tie score, he inexplicably was allowed to start the 7th, with predictable results. If Frank Robinson had done the smart thing and pulled him after 6, instead of trying to milk another inning out of him, it would've been a solid performance.

I can't really fault him for the 7th inning results. He shouldn't have been out there in the first place.

--The bullpen looked solid again. Joe Horgan walked another batter, which isn't a good sign. But, in his defense, he's mostly faced Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome, two of the most patient hitters in the league.

Chad Cordero ripped through the Phillies in the 9th and 10th. I was impressed that Frank had the foresight to bring his closer in in a non-save situation. All too often managers will leave their closer on the bench for a save situation that never comes because their 5th best reliever is giving up the game in the bottom of the 9th. Kudos to Frank for that!

But.... The whole reason that he had to use Cordero in that situation is because he stupidly didn't doubleswitch when he brought Luis Ayala in for the 8th inning. The pitcher was due to bat second in the top of the 9th, yet he didn't make the extra move. As a result, Ayala was only available for one inning.

It worked out this time, but you need to increase the odds of winning every chance you get. Frank isn't going to stumble into good fortune every time.

--Tony Blanco should NEVER come to bat against a power pitcher like Billy Wagner. I couldn't see it, but I could picture it in my head, and it was damn ugly.

--Wil Cordero injured his knee and was DL'd (Couldn't have happened to a nicer wife-beater). The Corpse of Carlos Baerga takes his place, and will probably get some pinch-hitting atbats. Egads.

--They claimed RHP Travis Hughes off the waiver wire yesterday. Your guess is as good as mine. (Along with the Baerga promotion, we're now at the 40-man roster limit.)

--Special Hubster-baiting comment: Joe Horgan stinks!

6 Comments:

  • Travis Hughes is 27 and has managed a grand total of 84 2/3 innings pitched above AA ball -- and only 2 1/3 of those were in the majors. He's walked 38 against 64 strikeouts in those innings and his ERA in AAA and the majors is close to 6.

    Or, put another way: he's a pitcher who was waived by Texas.

    I can't see how he's worth space on the 40-man, but I suspect he'll be the first guy to get waived later if we need another spot.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/08/2005 9:15 AM  

  • Travis Hughes was a part of the "Travis Invasion" from five years ago or so: Travis Hughes, Travis Harper, Travis Phelps, Travis Miller. Most of them spent at least some time with the D-Rays, no surprise. I met one of them once, via my D-Rays connections, but I honestly can't remember which.

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/08/2005 9:53 AM  

  • A double switch would have been a good idea if our manager had any clue to what he was doing. The problem started in the top of 8th when Sledge pinch hit for Davis. If Sledge got on, Schneider would be up. The Phillies would have walked him on a double or would have been very careful with him in any case. I think if you are the Phillies you would want to face a pinch hitter. Looking at the weak bench of the Nats. This option cost the Nats the double switch regardless of the outcome of the at-bat from Sledge.
    I think the play in the top of the 8th would have been to take your chances with JJ Davis batting. If he does get on, then it opens up the double switch option and gives you Sledge to pinch hit in the pitcher's slot.
    I would have stuck with Horgan pitching if the game was tied going into the bottom of the 8th. Which opens up you options in an extra inning game.
    Chris I am sorry to hear that you do not like Horgan. But I must say he is doing his job. Shutting down the Phillies in the bottom of the 7th was a tough situation of a reliever to walk into. Horgan did his job for the second time in three days.

    By Blogger hubster20003, at 4/08/2005 11:10 AM  

  • I don't mind Horgan... I was just trying to get a reaction out of you ;) It almost worked!

    Like I said in my posting, the wildness scares me a little bit, but it's hard to tell if that's him, or the batters he's facing.

    ___
    Yuda,

    Thanks for the Hughes update. That he was released by Texas was enough info for me. I mean, that team's still employing Chan Ho Park for Christ's sake!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/08/2005 2:10 PM  

  • Yeah, but I'm leaving town in an hour and won't be back until sometime Sunday so all y'all are going to have to do your own research for a couple of days.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/08/2005 2:38 PM  

  • Oh, I see how it is. You write a few blog entries and you start getting all uppity about it!

    You'll see soon enough. It's easy to do the heavy lifting at first (Where were you when I was reviewing all the roster invitees, huh? ;) )

    But, eventually, you'll be sucked down into having your readers do all the work! ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/08/2005 2:40 PM  

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