Monday, August 24, 2009

A few thoughts on after a not-so-great weekend against the Yankees:

  • Who would have thought that rookie Junichi Tazawa would pitch the best game of the weekend when there were guys named Pettitte, Burnett, Sabathia and Beckett (combined 2009 salaries: $48,452,380) pitching? (Yes, I know Brad Penny pitched, too, but, well, Brad Penny.) Tazawa has been an interesting story, having pitched in a Japanese minor league last year, progressing through Portland and Pawtucket, and making a couple of pretty respectable starts in Boston. A couple of more times around the league may enable big league hitters to catch up to him, but if he can make adjustments he could be a pretty valuable player for the Sox for a long time.
  • Can anything be more emblematic of the Mets 2009 season than the game against the Phillies ending on Eric Bruntlett's unassisted triple play yesterday? The triple play was one of those bang-bang things that was over before you realized what was happening, and Bruntlett now gets a bit of immortality along with Detroit Tiger Johnny Neun, who accomplished the same trick back in 1927. For the Mets, though, it almost seems like piling on. They went into the season as favorites to win the NL East, having picked up Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz to shore up a bullpen that was their Achilles heel in their September collapses the last two years. But it hasn't helped. Their four best position players, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and David Wright, have all missed significant time with injuries. The Wilpon family, the owners of the team, lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the Bernie Madoff scam. And the opening of Citi Field has pretty much been overshadowed by the opulence of the new Yankee Stadium. They're in 4th place, 15.5 games behind the Phillies and 13 games out of the wild card. What else can go wrong for this team?
  • I don't think there has ever been a Red Sox player I have been less interested in than J.D. Drew. Maybe it's his apparent lack of passion for the game, but the guy just leaves me cold. I really think he's going to finish out his five years, collect his $70 million, and it will be almost like he was never here. Other than the grand slam against Cleveland in the 2007 ALCS, and when he carried the team last June, he hasn't left much of an impression. Much less talented players have left a much greater mark on the team (Kevin Millar comes to mind immediately).


Post a Comment

<< Home

eXTReMe Tracker