Dave’s Game Notes
I wasn’t up to liveblogging the game, so here are my retrospective thoughts from tonight’s affair.
The M’s lack of any kind of right-handed bat on the bench kills them against lefties. Every southpaw gets four guaranteed outs in the lineup every time they face us. Starting Bloomquist in CF isn’t helping anything. Acquiring Beltre and Sexson doesn’t change the fact that the rest of the roster is useless against left handed pitching.
Rick Sutcliffe was awful announcing. I could spend several paragraphs harping on his stupidity, but the open legs = curveball thing was by far the worst. He cherry picked examples to defend his statement, ignoring every pitch where Wiki had open legs and the pitch was a fastball. He took something completely random, proclaimed it a tell, and then proceeded to only point it out when the randomness matched up with his claim.
Robinson Cano’s last name is pronounced “K-no”, by the way. Not “cuh-no”.
Beltre smoked that home run.
Thornton and Nelson are arguably the two worst relievers in the pen. They’re allowing far more baserunners than any other pitchers in the pen, and in a tie game on the road, they’re the ones who get the call? Why? Is there any rationale at all for using Nelson in that situation? How on earth is he a better choice than Putz or Mateo?
Dave Hansen and Jeremy Reed get a DNP-CD, while Greg Dobbs gets to make the final out. I wonder how much Greg Dobbs Is Good Kool-Aid Hargrove had to drink when he got hired.
Willie Bloomquist is now hitting .138/.166/.172. National League pitchers are hitting .141/.174/.175.