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Japan and Jupiter

March 25, 2008

the red sox and A’s opened the mlb season early this morning in japan; at 5:05 a.m. central time. I did not catch any of the game but the highlights looked pretty good and it seemed like an exciting game from beginning to end.

there were some late inning heroics from the sox as usual; the rookie moss hit a homer and manny doubled to give boston the lead. dice-k pitched five innings allowing two runs and collecting six k’s. the sox won a thriller in 10 innings, 6-5.

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the guy that has basically been preordained to start the season and likely spend most of the season in AAA, A-Rey, dazzled today. he threw six scoreless innings giving up three hits, a walk and striking out two. the great pujols drove in two and larue drove in one and the cardinals shut out the nats, 3-0.

so, yeah, wellemeyer and thompson are basically virtual locks as the 4th and 5th starters in the rotation. bummer; tlr and dunc keep finding these bums (looper, wellemeyer, etc.) and throwing them in the rotation just to keep reyes out of it. what has the guy done wrong? he got his location back, and he got some of his velocity back. he now can throw his three main pitches for strikes. what else do they want? I’m really tired of talking about this. just trade the guy and give him a chance to start in the bigs for another team that needs a starter.

wellemeyer is a mediocre reliever with a flaming fastball that has the ability to strike guys out; that is exactly the guy you want coming out of the ‘pen. he is wild and walks a lot of guys and allows a decent amount of runs. he somehow got people thinking that he can be a good starter because he got a lot of run support last season and had a respectable win/loss record which anyone that knows baseball can tell you: it can be very misleading. the guy pitches 5 innings and gives up 4 runs; is that a good start? of course not. reyes can at least duplicate that and he has the potential to be better than that.

I like babyface, I really do, but not as a starter. he is a good middle inning reliever and a long reliever when needed for mop up duty; a “cal eldred” if you will. he is not a starter; that is, he is not a good starter. like looper, when his sinker is not sinking which seems to occur more than anyone would like, he gets rocked for extra base hits including many homers and the cardinals seem to get blown out of the water.

I’ll end by saying this; I just don’t get it and I don’t want to talk about it anymore. when these two grumpy old men make a decision or not like someone, they really stick to it like they stuck with the kipster for example. larussa should have never been resigned.

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  1. March 26, 2008 8:59 am

    I agree, they are pretty stubborn at times. The numbers on Looper are terrible and yet they’d rather have him in the rotation.

    Occasionally, you have to admit you aren’t as smart as you think you are.

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