Well, Chad Qualls does it again. Comes in with bases loaded and gives up a first pitch grand slam. Then gets 2 easy outs. Just like in the WS. Only it was Crede and not Konerko.
Crede must have jumped for joy when he saw Qualls instead of Taylor, who had made him look bad his last 3 AB. First pitch FB down the middle – boom. Taylor gets 3 ER, Qualls gets 1. Not fair, is it???
It’s days like this that it is hard to root for this team.
Taylor pitched an absolutely ace game before tiring in the 7th – and I DO think that Phil did the right thing pulling him – it is a damm shame he got tagged with those last 3 runs, because it does not even begin to tell what a great job he did in the first 6 innings – 7 K, no walks, 2 hits, 1 ER (on a single, SB, GO and a sac fly.)
This is like the ****ing WS – it’s not that their pitchers were any Francisco Liriano – it’s that we did NOT have good situational hitting and out bullpen stunk it up and the guys totally packed it in after the GS – just like they did yesterday. Husband said to me when Qualls came in to face Crede – watch, he’s gonna give up another grannie. Sure enough. Then he said – no reason to watch the rest – it’s over now, you know these guys. And, he sez, we’re gonna lose it on a FB that Willy don’t get. Good thing I’m not a betting grrrl…
Garland pitched REALLY bad. As in terrible. 8 hits, 5 walks, 2 K over 5 IP with 106 pitches. We left 10 MOB in those 5 innings. We should have scored at LEAST a dozen runs. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Lance is gonna get IBB like Barry Lamar Himself unless Phil deals with the batting order, or Mo gets himself out of his terrible slump, whichever comes first.
Fact is, except for Burke, Lamb and Berkman, no one is hitting worth **** and putting Mo behind Berkman right now is DUMB. Eric Munson is NOT a decent ML hitter, he’s not exactly Yadier Molina behind the plate, and there he is as a DH – left FIVE MOB with 2 outs. He shouldn’t even be on this team – and he is because Phil has a thing for ex-Tigers.
What would I do?
Well, first, I would want to find out for absolute certain if Mo is hurt or just sucking. If he’s hurt, put him on the DL and call up Luke Scott. Put Lamb at third. If Mo is sucking, well, video time – look at last year before he got hurt in September, or even April this year because SOMEthing is just wrong.
IF Mo is gonna play, then either Lamb or Burke should play behind Lance and Lane should bat second.
The other thing is that I think we should squeeze more with a good bunter up and a guy on third – mostly because we need to do SOMEthing to get guys home and trying for HRs with THIS team is NOT gettin it done.
I got NO idea why suddenly Brad Ausmus can’t hit the ball – not that I thought he’d bat over .300 for the rest of his career, but even for his usual, he’s slumping badly.
Adam Everett is never gonna turn into A-Rod or Tejada, especially batting 8th, so all I want is for him not to GIDP. Because we NEED great defense and he’s the absolute best – I guess I could handle replacing him if we had A-Rod in the minors, but we don’t.
Austin Swafford wrote me that in his opinion, the coaching is lousy. Well, we all know that compared to last year, Pettitte is sucking and the bullpen is sucking. And hitting? Note that Lance Berkman has an OBP below .400 for the first time – and he’s not taking many walks. We don’t have a HR hitting team, and I don’t know IF guys can even DO situational hitting, but seem to me that something gotta change.
And like I keep saying, Phil is NOT a good manager. LOTS of lousy decisions. Such as IBB TWO guys in the 10th – Wheeler can’t get either Pierzinski OR Podsednik out??? (And this is after Willy can’t get to another FB to center…)
I didn’t exactly expect this team to win 100 games. Or even 90, for that matter.
But this is just dreadful.