Well, I HAD to find something good to say, right?
Couple of comments – it makes perfect sense that Roy would need to send a message to a backup catcher hitting less than any of my children’s weight in order to intimidate him. Seeing as how La Rue hit a piddly single off Roy in both April 05 and April 06, I can see how he would need to hit the guy to intimidate him. Yep. ESPECIALLY leading only 1-0 in the 3rd with 2 out already.
Which is, of course, Why Wainwright needed to throw a FB BEHIND Ausmus. Yep. All yall who want him off the team for a backup catcher who can hit better than Ausmus even did LAST year – yall need to see how much the opposition NEEDS to intimidate the guy.
Yep. So THERE.
Oh yeah – and LaRue played in 66 games last year and had a .513 OPS as a backup catcher. The year before, he hit .195, had a .663 OPS. How many great hitting backups do all yall think are floating around out there?
Also, a few words about defense – winning a ballgame means that you have to create more runs than you give up. Losing a ballgame means that you gave up more runs than you created. Walks and homers are entirely the pitcher’s fault (well, sometimes the walks are an ump’s fault too, but let’s not go there for a minute.) Hits? Well, sometimes they are the pitcher’s fault, but fielders not making plays that could be made also allow runners on base AND allow runs to score.
I really wish all those fantasy games would force the players to factor in defense – I really blame fantasy ball for getting so many people to think that defense doesn’t matter one little bit, unless you are talking about errors.
I’m not just talking about Carlos Lee being unable to come up with Schumaker’s hit in the 9th. How about Michael Bourn in the 3rd, making a rare misjudgement of a ball, breaking the wrong way so that Duncan’s ball fell in for a single instead of being an out. Schumaker would certainly have scored on Albert’s double in the gap, but it would have been ONE run in, not 3. Troy Glaus would have been out, and it wouldn’t have been a sac-fly.
We’re talking 2 runs here that scored because one single fell in.
And speaking of fly balls, lack of communication between the OF is what allowed Glaus’ fly to score a run – Bourn was camped, waiting for the ball, and Pence runs into him AND doesn’t have a good angle for the throw. Bad communication leads to a run. Maybe they wouldn’t have thrown out the runner, but there sure would have been a better chance.
And Michael looked VERY rusty today – took the sombrero. Really, only Matsui, with his homer in the first, and Lance, with his 2 long homers, got good wood on the ball.
You notice that with 2 out, 2 on in the top of the 9th and Hunter Pence up, Dave Duncan went out to Wainwright and said a lil something. I’ll tell you what it was – he said – you throw this guy ONLY sliders. If you even THINK about throwing something else, I’ll (edited for language) skin you alive. He can’t hit em, can’t lay off. And sure enough, Pence saw ONLY sliders and proceeded to get himself out. I mean, I luuuvvv the boy, but it won’t be long before the only pitch he ever sees is a slider unless he faces a pitcher who can’t throw one. I have no idea what Sean Berry is doing with him, but he best learn to hit/lay off sliders…
Tomorrow afternoon, it’s Backe vs Lohse.
This year, Brandon is 1-2 in 5 GS: 26 IP – 30 H, 4 HR, 15 BB, 18 K: 4.15 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, .283 BAA. Brandon had that terrible 3 inning 5 ER game against Philly, 2 starts of 5 innings giving up 0 and 1 ER, 2 QS – 6 IP with 2 ER and 7 IP with 3 ER (the bullpen blew them both.)
vs St Louis: 2-1 in 5 GS and 5 in relief: 30.1 IP – 40 H, 6 HR, 14 BB, 16 K: 5.64 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, .331 BAA. Unfortunately, his 1 hit no run 8 inning masterpiece in Game 4 NLCS 2004 doesn’t count.
- only 1 Cards hitter has ever hit a homer off Backe – in fact, he’s hit all 3 all three of his hits he has gotten off Backe are homers. You’ll NEVAH guess who that might could be (hint – not Aaron Miles…)
Kyle Lohse, RHP, age 29
Drafted in the 29th round in 96 by the Cubs, traded to the Twins for Rick Aguilera (my GAWD was he still playing???) and Scott Downs. He came up with Minnesota in 01, appeared in 90.1 innings with an 80 ERA+, then pitched around 180-200 innings a year for the next 4 years with ERA+ of 105, 98, 89, 106. In 2006, he had pitched 63 innings, starting and relieving of 63 ERA+ innings, so he was traded to the Reds in the limp bat NL Central. He threw 63 innings of 105 ERA+ and then in 07, he threw 21 decent starts for the Reds of 105 ERA+ ball, and then was traded to Philly at the deadline for minor leaguer Matt Maloney. He had 11 starts and 2 relief appearances over 61 IP with a 98 ERA+ and let me say, in a nice kind way, that he didn’t make a good impression in his post-season relief appearance against the Rox.
This offseason, Scott Boras, his agent, was unable to obtain a high priced multi year contract for him, and the Cards signed him just before ST for 4 mill. By the way, a lot of Astros fans want to know why the Astros fans didn’t try to sign him. Like Jerry Reinsdorf, Drayton McLane won’t do business with Boras (after the Beltran debacle, I don’t blame him.)
Career, he’s 65-74 in 200 GS and 23 in relief: 95 ERA+, 4.77 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .284 BAA. 1.21 HR/9; 2.82 BB/9; 5.86 K/9 IP.
This year: 2-0 in 5 GS: 28.1 IP – 28 H, 0 HR, 7 BB, 11 K; 2.54 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .254 BAA† In his 5 games this year: 0 ER/5; 0 ER/7; 2 ER/5.1; 2 ER/7; 4 ER/4 IP
VS the Astros: 1-4 in 4 GS and 1 in relief: 27.1 IP – 28 H, 1 HR, 13 BB, 13 K, 3.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a .280 BAA