Friday, April 04, 2008

Put Brimley On Speed Dial

Poor Manny Acta. He's playing with a 23-man roster again tonight. Chad Cordero's still out, and Dmitri Young is still too fat to play. He's on his way back here to DC to get his back checked out.

While I have some sympathy for the illness he's dealing with, it can't be an excuse for every bad thing that's happened in his life. He's done well to deal with the ugly off-field crap from two years ago. He needs to do a better job about taking care of himself, which is something -- diabetes excuse or not -- he obviously hasn't done.

For as great as his season was last year, he still missed a bunch of time with little nagging fat-related injuries: stresses, strains, pulls, etc. And he handicapped the team at times, being limited to a pinch-hitting role and subjecting us to unhealthy doses of Robert Fick.

Tonight, Acta doesn't even have that option, and his bench is Flores, Boone, Harris and Mackowiak. Manny deserves better treatment than that! FLope better hit tonight!


  • Dmitri has type two diabetes, which is caused by obesity. It is a self inflicted disease caused by his inability to put the fork down. Enough with the illness excuses.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/04/2008 8:37 PM  

  • So much for FLop hitting tonight... what was it, three strikeouts? One with the bases loaded and one to end the game with two on? Willie Harris is looking better and better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/04/2008 11:51 PM  

  • The bottom of our lineup is as weak as Bush's diplomatic skils:
    After Kearns, PLoD, Belly, FLop and the pitcher's spot went a combined 3-for-16. FLoP's three K's should relegate him to the pine for the rest of the month. Plus, nobody except Zimm hits in the clutch. I believe they've left the bases loaded three times the last two games. 13 LOB against the Cards is criminal.

    By Anonymous Friend of STAN, at 4/05/2008 1:11 AM  

  • Plop.....again Chris, maybe Lopez is not any better than his stats....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2008 8:31 AM  

  • Good post, to keep our attention on this.

    The reports have Dmitri at 298, just 7 pounds more than last year's weight of 291. But he actually looks much bigger than that.

    What happened to the promises (upon signing the big contract) of getting to 220 or 240 so he could help out in the OF? He could have won the game yesterday if he had been up instead of Filipe.

    Instead, it seems dangerous even to play him at first. He is not nimble enough at his weight to dig out slashed liners and in-the-dirt throws, and it might even be dangerous to his health if Dmitri exerts himself too much.

    Moreover, the back injuries have to be related to the overwieght.

    Maybe there is something to the diabetes medication as a cause of this, but you would think that the team would be giving him the best medical advice imaginable to keep the weight under control. And Dmitri can afford the weight control advice too. There needs to be a Post story on this so we can get a better idea of what is going on.

    By Anonymous EdDC, at 4/05/2008 1:07 PM  

  • Anon 8:31-
    as of this morning Flop and Belliard had identical BA and OBP.
    There's several guys not getting it done right now, not just Felipe.

    By Blogger Rob B, at 4/05/2008 3:18 PM  

  • Another heart-breaker today with a 9th inning rally that almost tied it up. Get used to these 1-run teases--it looks like a trend.

    By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 4/05/2008 4:05 PM  

  • I think this will be a common trend for the year- going down early after a poor outing from our SP then watching the batters come up just short. The bullpen can do their best to keep the game within striking distance, but the fact of the matter is we cannot win many games with the rotation we have right now.

    I hope Clippard, Lannan, Detweiler and Mock can all step their game up, because we're going to need their help big time this year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/05/2008 5:09 PM  

  • Chris - this is kind of harsh. Diabetes is a bitch to deal with, and I'm sure Dmitri is having a difficult time with it (regardless of whether the back injury is related to the Diabetes). The guy was the best thing about the team last year, and the only harm to team right now is the loss of 1 pinch hitter. The back thing will come and go, and before no time he'll be back to batting for the pitcher in the 8th inning. The best story of last year was how the guy turned his life around from someone who was battling Larry Broadway for a position, to an All-Star who was mentoring troubled players (i.e. Dukes). Save the contempt for the cheap Lerners who deserve it.

    PS - you can argue that by "subjecting us to unhealthy doses of Robert Fick" Dmitri actually helped the club by getting us a higher draft pick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/06/2008 5:41 AM  

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