Breakfast Baseball

wow what a game last night! Decided not to watch it as want to watch livan hernandez start tonight, but got up at 4am and computer was on so checked it out, 1-1 top of the 9th, ok i think to myself i’ll leave this on in bed. promptly fell asleep. alarm woke me up for work this morning and i hear baseball. astonishment reigns the game is still 1-1 three hours later in the 17th! I ate my breakfast watching Gonzalez dribble one to center, a most agreeable breakfast indeed.

Think Cruz was the right guy to go to the pen, he is the better pitcher but he can help out of the pen, I just can’t see Vargas helping anyone out of the pen.

Anyone know what / who we’re potentially asking the mets for in return for Green?


Livan on a Prayer

Livan Hernandez. Probably the best trade available – wasn’t too expensive (although giving away pitching prospects when we’re light in major league pitching and over-heavy in minor league hitting should probably raise the odd question – they weren’t top tier pitching prospects from what I understand, I’ve got a funny gut feeling that Chico will be a good major leaguer in the future though). Hernandez does nicely fill the Webb – Rest gap and having him next year as well is a good thing. He can hopefully shepherd some youngsters for the year and a bit that he’s here. Failing that if he finished strong he could be traded at highish value in the off-season.

If Owings makes it to the majors next year and Webb continues to knock those runners in we could have the best hitting pitchers in baseball next year.  You have to work towards something!

Would Byrnes and Hernandez be enough to trade for a top pitcher? Surely it would…

a nice victory on sunday evening.

did anyone else notice how many 3-1 counts Webb got himself into on monday? he seemed to be in them every batter. good to win without your best stuff though.

I’m going to be really interested in who we go after in the off-season. It goes without saying that we need at least one, probably two starting pitchers before we can challenge for the World Series. OK, so Green may get traded for one in August, but the off-season worries me. There’s such a hot market for quality starters prices go up and up and up and Russ Ortiz gets signed for $8m a year. I feel that trading Shawn Green for a starter makes more sense if a good deal can be found

Glad I decided not to get up for Vargas start last night. Think I’ll watch Enrique tonight, 1.05am is quite good, a little sleep before, a little sleep after, perfect!

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I’m Happy To Be Here Tonight

I’m quietly impressed with myself I’ve got to admit. A week of six 2.40am starts in a row and this is the fifth I’m watching live. Got into a nice routine, bed at 10.30, up at 2.30 bed after the game between 5 and 6am then up at 7.15am and go to work. Watching winning baseball helps as well. I like Green at first and Quentin in right tonight (As much as I like Jackson, I also like Quentin so far – a good way to give him a game). Green’s rediscovered first-baseman skills being utilised well.

Wait A Second…

It’s pet peeve time. I’m getting a little miffed by these put outs at second where the second baseman / shortstop don’t even get within a yard or two of the bag. I’ve seen counsell do it a few times on double plays where they’re concentrating on getting out of the way of the slide and getting in a good position to throw to first that their foot doesn’t touch the bag. Or anywhere near it. Bottom of the eighth at Yankee Stadium today and Betencourt tosses it to Lopez who, while leaping out of the way of Melky Cabrera’s slide was nowhere near the bag, he didn’t get the throw off to second and yet Cabrera’s given out. You’d have thought the second base umpire wouldn’t have too much else to do in that situation that actually look to make sure he touched the bag. If they can get bangbang plays at first and tags on slides into bases right then surely they should be able to see if a fielders foot touches the bag.

In other news Drew is looking good, Enrique looked good, and Green filling in at first is very good and a nice piece of managing by Melvin. Altho I guess with Jackson and Clark hurt there weren’t a whole lot more options, altho you half expected to see Andy Green there or something.

Shawn Green to Yankees for Philip Hughes and Farnsworth? probably not but you’ve got to figure we’ll want pitching for him.

Joe Joe left his home in Tucson Arizona

Last Wednesday I started a new job at the council so my nocternal baseball habits will take something of a hit until I work out how awake I need to be to do the job. Nice job by Webby in the all-star game. I played my first game of cricket since rather comprehensively breaking my ankle last June, we lost but it was good fun all the same, took a couple of wickets and third top scorer with the bat.

On the calling up of Stephen Drew – let’s hope his defense doesn’t prove a liability, from what I can see he has a team leading 15 errors (I can’t find his overall fielding stats, and since Shortstops get most plays a game (apart from 1B) it’s logical he might have most errors without being any worse than most guys. Who leads off now? I guess it’ll be DaVanon (great) and Byrnesie (not ideal at leadoff). Can’t see who else could go there, I don’t think Conner Jackson is a serious contender. I guess Easly might when Drew’s not in the line up.

A Ninth To Remember

Wow what a game. There’s only two things that can make me squeel at 3.10am and one of them isn’t a grand slam. Thank god we tacked on those extra runs. I think the first play of the game where DaVanon decided to do what all good European footballers do and argue with the umpire rather than get on with the game and run to first showed why Andy Green should be the guy to give Gonzo and Green off days. I remember the last game I watched in which he started (maybe a month ago – possibly in Atlanta) and he didn’t go 4-4 or anything, but he broke up two double plays by sliding hard at second base, one of which at least kept the inning alive and we scored a run or two. Andy Green plays it with his heart on his sleeve (much in the manner of Byrnes or Eckstein) and is that much more valuable to the club than DaVanon. Obviously I guess Melvin wanted the left hand bat in there but I’d still go with Green and use DaVanon just to give Byrnes days off and as a lefty pinch hitter.

You’ve got to admire our bullpen, when they go to pieces they do it in style (thinking also of the Mariners game I saw when Lyon gave up 4 runs in the top of the ninth in a tied game). Here’s hoping Valverde sorts his problems out and can come up for Aquino (preferably as a set up man – I’m not sure his fastball isn’t a little straight and hittable to be a long term closer). I was thinking bullpens last night and remembering the Astro’s a couple of years back had Dotel and Lidge setting up for Wagner. Ouch.