Sunday, April 10, 2005

Not so Amazin'...

First, on the Nats' 3-2 win over the Fish yesterday... I was really pleased to see Guzman dropped to the 8th spot, finally. And, I was even happier to see him walk twice, as I hope that this will inspire F-Rob to keep him there. We should definitely expect to see Guzman making the third out a lot less and walking a lot more from the 8th spot, since people are not going to give him much to hit, with the pitcher coming up. With a hit in two official ABs, he also got his average all the way up to .150! Batting title, here Guzman comes! His defense certainly stunk up the joint, and was responsible for Livan's unearned run.

Now what about the Mets... 0 for 5? I never would have thought it. Sure, any team no matter how good can have a 5 game losing streak or two in the course of the year. But if you start off the season with one, it's easy to believe that there's more of the same to come. I hope they don't make history, but I'll be somewhat glad if a team that looked that good on PECOTA-printed paper doesn't live up to the hype, particularly since it will be an interesting platform to go and look and try to figure out what happened.

I think the Mets are going to be 1-5 after today... it shouldn't be too hard for Pedro to outduel Smoltz, because I don't think Smoltz quite has the stamina built up that he's going to need for the starter role. And, for the first time in my life, I'll be pulling for Pedro (anything that puts us in a better position within the division).


At 1:58 PM, Blogger Sam said...

15 Ks for Smolz so far in a 1-0 game.

And after the Nats took the series from Philly, the ballplayers of brotherly love turn around and go toe to toe with St. Louis - they're up 5-0 looking for the Series win right now. (Close game friday pm, Philly creamed the cards on sat).

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Oops -- Smoltz implodes in the 8th -- 2-1 Mets.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger John said...

I saw 5 hits on his line by the 6th, despite the ludicrous number of Ks. Pedro, on the other hand, had given up 1 run on 2 hits.

Patterson looked good today, until he tired and gave up 2 runs. Beckett only seems to be getting better as the game goes on... I wonder if they're going to have him pitch the 9th. Either way, it's not looking so good for us!

At 2:13 PM, Blogger John said...

Eischen isn't looking all that good, here in the 8th, though. He even gave up a hit to Beckett (who will clearly be going for the complete game).

At 2:23 PM, Blogger John said...

Osuna has made Eischen look even worse, since nobody remembers that it was Osuna who let both of the inherited runners score.

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