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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Right Side of Infield's Fiendish Plot Foiled, Mets Semi-Sweep Br*ves
Carlos Delgado: "Two hands are for pussies!"

I don't know what can help Luis Castillo charge a routine ground ball so it doesn't eat him and his albatross contract up. But Carlos Delgado just needs to dial up the interwebs on his notebook computer, I think this site should solve all his woes.

Putting aside both his monumental fielding failure and his nice stroke up the middle which earlier helped establish the lead that his error would nearly destroy, it seems to me Delgado has gone back to playing "impinged," and as anyone with half a brain (read: not Omar) could have told you his "bargain" contract option as a first baseman and as a big bat was a trap that the Mets fell right into. As a scholar and a gentleman, I can tell you that my love for the man did not blind me to the almost certain decline that would happen right about now. Hoping it doesn't, but well, it will, or I'm Alex Rodriguez' "cousin."

In happier news, ParnellPutzRodriguez seems to be worth hanging your hat on. Though the later two's velocities keep me up at night. Shouldn't they be throwing harder? I'm still convinced that KRod is John Franco without the dirty tshirt, mustache or mob connections.

We can call this corner turned if the Mets can provide some support to the Johan tomorrow, and put some Phillies in their places.

Coming Soon: my profound life-altering meeting with Darryl Strawberry.



  • At 5:19 AM, Anonymous jdon said…

    Doesn't K-Rod look a little chubby for a 26-27 year old? His velocity has dipped in recent years. But his command of the curve and change is extraordinary for a short reliever. I like him. Putz can't strike guys out. That bugs me. But he is getting by. Parnell looks like he throws 98 without even trying. Let me ask you something: three years now we hear about Delgado's hip. One month we hear about A-Rod's hip and boom, he is in surgery. Does that tell you something about the way the mets do, or don't do, things. Delgado is probably calling the shot. Keith was Castillo is a statue. Why should he move forward when he does not move side to side.right: two hands, Carlos!! We are so unprofessional defensively. Castillo slamming his glove like a child at second base. Murphy looks like a crazed waterbug when he chases batted balls. David Wright rag-arming throws around the infield. Livan Hernandez was our best infielder last night. But we do have a nice bullpen, when you can avoid using Flopciano.

  • At 5:35 AM, Anonymous jdon said…

    P.S. Keith actually gets on my nerves sometimes. You cannot take a level swing at a low pitch. If everyone took a level swing their follow throughs would look ridiculous. They would look like girls playing intramural softball. He is right about high pitches though. He is also right about two hands. So let us review which major players on the mets catch with two hands: Reyes? Nope. Beltran? Nope (does not slide, either) Delgado? Hahahaha. Church? Nope. David Wright, the fair haired boy? Nope. Castro? Nope. Sheffield? Nope. Cora? Not sure. Castillo> I think, yes.
    Murphy? Yes, but he better. Schneider? Yes. Tatis? Yes, I think. I guess once you are a starter you do whatever you please.

  • At 6:56 AM, Anonymous cver said…

    I'm also wondering if Sean Green might actually be Heilman w/o Poopyface - stay tuned.

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    "David Wright, the fair haired boy?"

    On the other hand, Luis slamming his glove complicates the whole debate as to the source of the Mets listlessness. Wait, he slams his glove? That means he cares, he's a gamer, he's got the passion of the Babe.

    This may be foolish, but I fear the Br*ves a little less after this miniseries. If bumbling Omar and his Flushing fantastics can come in and easily take two games from Atlanta while they fall apart defensively, perhaps the Br*ves are toast without their four eyed catcher Mccann.

    Sean Green deserves further scrutiny. What is the meaning of Sean Green? Symbolically, his name evokes our recent, past his prime right fielder who seemed to catch many flyballs with his face. What is he doing on this team. Is he failure incarnate or did he just happen to fail in such a familiar, Mets-style, that we slot him in the Poopyface role?

  • At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Keyser said…

    I passed my chance to meet Strawberry because I already committed to showing up to my lame softball team's game. And, of course, down by one in the last inning with the tying run on second and one out, I manage bounce out to the pitcher 1-3! Argh! The next batter fouled out and we were done.

  • At 2:21 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    Wow! Even met FANS aren't clutch!

  • At 2:22 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    IMFM--an infantile gamer, perhaps?

  • At 10:15 AM, Blogger Jaap said…

    Looks like Manny and Straw are two peas in a pod...

    how's that 50 million NOT spent looking now, wow...

  • At 12:41 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    I still think Manny plays in the post season--and the mets do not. Not wishing for it. Just thinking.....

  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    I am not sure it is correct to assume that a two handed catch is better than a one-handed catch. Really, why would all the modern-day guys do one-handed catches, when their livelihoods depend on it, if it wasn't the best method? They can't ALL be lazy!

    So I did a research study. I looked at the baseball fielding stats from 2008. I picked the top ten outfielders from the list in alphabetic order (who had played in at least 50 games). So these are just randomly picked outfielders from 2008. Average fielding percentage was .988.

    Then I picked ten hall of fame outfielders who played in 1960. I figure, that year, everyone used a two handed catch, but it was still basically the modern era of baseball. Their average fielding percentage was 982.

    I know fielding percentage for outfielders is more than just dropped balls. But it doesn't seem that outfielders are doing a much worse job now than in the two handed catch era. So lets not be all old-fashioned, maybe sometimes the new way of doing things is better!

  • At 4:32 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    Gloves are better. Parks are smaller. it cannot be that a one handed catch is more secure than a two. Everybody knows the one handed catch is sometimes necessary. But balls pop out. The free hand secures them

  • At 7:57 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    jdon, maybe the free (nondominant) hand, which is less coordinated, causes more problems than it solves. Just because something is done differently now from the old days doesn't mean it's wrong.

    I don't think Delgado's error had anything to do with how many hands he was using. I think he was just thinking about what he was going to have for dinner now that the game was over. Remember his comment two years ago about being "bored"?

  • At 8:29 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    katherine--wow you did research! A departure from our preferred method of grumpy intuition and ass-talking here, but I suppose times are changin.'

    I think two hands only matters when you drop the ball and prolong a game that you were about to win.
    I have heard the thinking nowadays has something to do with bigger gloves? Fielding percentage is a bit suspect too. I think you'd just want to avoid looking like a prize ass by screwing your team over and use two hands to really be sure you've caught the game ending routine pop up.

    I'd still take Manny on my team. Imagine if the Mets were 6 games up already and new they'd have Manny back in time for the fall swoon period. Make the trade Omar!!


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