Post by hoyarooter on Apr 4, 2008 18:25:50 GMT -5
The gem you'd have loved: "Joe Torre, he's going to take the Dodgers to another level."
Last night, I was disappointed that ESPN blacked out this game in my local market, despite the fact that no local channel was showing the game. Today, I am relieved.
Re: kc's Dotel comment above, Kenny Williams has been consistently putting together questionable bullpens for years. The other old Royals closer in the pen for the South Siders is Mike MacDougal, who posted a 6.80 ERA last season. (For the record, though, I do like the addition of Scott Linebrink.)
Speaking of the pale hose, is Nick Swisher really the best option as a leadoff man while Jerry Owens is on the DL? Also, how the hell is Josh Fields starting this season in the minors?
I would like to address some of this:
1. Re Kenny Williams acquiring Royal cast-offs: don't forget that he traded for Andrew Sisco (think I got his first name right), based, no doubt on his stellar ERA from 2006, which I believe was around 7. That bum was so good that he lasted with the Sox for about a month, and hasn't surfaced in the bigs since. And for that complete piece of garbage he traded Russ Gload, a solid utilityman who can swing it and play a number of positions. Well done, Kenny! I actually thought the acquisition of MacDougal was a decent gamble. It's looking like I was mistaken.
2. Re Swisher leading off: He probably is the best option, and will remain the best option unless the Sox make a deal, because Owens probably won't be cracking the starting lineup any time soon. Cabrera is the only other alternative, and I guess they want him to hit second.
3. Re Josh Fields: Beats the bejezus out of me. I called my dad when I saw that, and we had a mutual what the hell is that about? moment. I'm totally mystified. Unfortunately, I guess Fields was really bad in left last year, so if Crede is going to start, there is no place for Fields to play. In the long term, I guess I agree that I'd rather have Fields playing every day this year and starting next year than just sitting around this year. I guess.
I would also like to address RDF's mention of Saito's pitching on opening night with a 5-0 lead. You may prove to be right, RDF (although I certainly hope not, because it's beyond ridiculous to use your closer in those types of situations on a regular basis), but in this case, I really think Saito pitched because he needed the work in a "safe" as opposed to "save" situation. He had only pitched, I believe, six innings in the spring due to a variety of infirmities, so my view was that he pitched that night solely because he needed the work.