6/9/12: Fernando Martinez Is Out

I like how Fernando Martinez is supposedly suffering from a concussion from being hit in the head with a baseball when he was still at AAA even BEFORE he got called up to sukc.

This allows the Astros an excuse as to why they had noooooooo idea that FM isn’t any good and to call up that paragon of suckage, Matt Downs. See, it’s justifiable to call him up because Chris johnson is very ill with the stomach flu and you can’t go calling up, say, Ruggiano because he’s already called up with Miami.

You notice that there are NO good pitchers at AAA or AA – the trades of pitchers for Bourn/Pence have not worked out real too good, sorry to say, which is why I hear tell, and am hearing rumors, that Luhnow is willing to trade Altuve and Lowrie for young pitching.

That’s ok – can’t wait to see Jonathan Villar and his .600 OPS at AAA along with his 15 errors playing ML SS along with Jimmy eff Paredes – important to pimp THEM too seeing as how they were obtained for Berkman/Oswalt, right?



14 Responses to “6/9/12: Fernando Martinez Is Out”

  1. Becky says:

    There would be an ALL OUT RIOT if Luhnow traded Altuve and Lowrie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OH MY LORD……..the season ticket holders and fans would put a “hit” on Luhnow!! They are he ONLY bright spots on this pitiful team!! I’m NOT joking!

  2. Lisa Gray says:


    agree with you. but i’m really worried because i have now heard about luhnow being “open” to trading altuve/lowrie because he could get a supposedly big haul. and i’m not sure that there is NOT gonna be a whole LOT of churning as they try to assemble a team where everyone pretty much comes up together. which may or may not work out ANYhow seeing as how there are so many guys who hit great in the minors but not the majors…

  3. zagger says:

    Becky/Lisa: If Luhnow trades Altuve and Lowrie for a pitcher, maybe he’ll try to make a deal with the Pirates for this guy:

    Mark Appel:
    Has gone 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA and 127 strikeouts so far this year at Stanford … Has struck out at least 10 batters in eight starts … His 127 strikeouts ranks first among all Pac- 12 pitchers … His 2.27 ERA currently ranks third among Pac-12 starters and his .210 batting average against is tops in the conference among starting pitchers … Was named a First-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and also to the First-Team All-Pac-12 … Was named the 2012 Stanford Regional Most Outstanding Player … Is also a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award … Is the first Stanford 10-game winner since Jeff Gilmore in 2005 … Has a career record of 18-9 with a 3.10 ERA (267.1ip/92er) and 239 strikeouts in 56 games (35 starts) at Stanford … Was rated by Baseball America as having the third-best “Fastball” among college players in this year’s draft.

    Imagine passing on this bio for some punkass kid who has “athleticism”.

    And, btw, love the new Brett Wallace!!!

  4. Becky says:

    zagger- Appel probably sh$t and fell back init, when he found out the Pirates had
    picked him @8th.!! AND……..I doubt real seriously that he is gonna take “that”
    offer! This ought to be fun to watch, though!!

    Lisa- I will PERSONALLY beat the living crap outta Jeff Luhnow if he trades these two guys.Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  5. Steve says:

    Appel is still shell-shocked from the Draft. He went out and led Stanford to a 17-1 drubbing at the super-regional Friday night. And he looked worse than the score indicated. Really.

  6. Lisa Gray says:


    you can’t trade draft picks in baseball – and appel wouldn’t have been first round talent last year, so i heard
    – also, correa, like matt bush, was cheap and would sign immediately so the astros could get the pitcher they REALLY wanted, mc cullers, without having to pay first round draft money


    the probability that appel would get picked higher than 8th next year isn’t really good enough to turn down millions. he doesn’t have any way to escape the draft NEXT year neither. all those loopholes have long since been closed.



    so i read – guess he was so Up Set with losing all those millions he couldn’t pitch a TALL. wouldn’t talk to the pirates or the media.

    will be interesting to see if/how boras can think his way out of all these new draft rules

  7. Becky says:

    I’m ready to trade Schafer RIGHT NOW! He can’t stay healthy, and Maxwell is
    hitting home runs nearly every game he plays. I just can NOT make myself like
    Schafer. He’s got a “me only” aura about him. PLUS……..he has struck out *60*
    times already. Starting to look like the second coming of Bill spit, spit, spit, Hall.

  8. Eric says:

    I’d be surprised if Appel signs with the Pirates considering that he expected to be picked far higher than he was. He’ll likely want top 3 slot money..not sure if the Pirates would spring for that.

    What happens if Appel decides to stay at Stanford another year ? It might be his best bet as his last outing was an absolute disaster against FSU. I wonder if that played a part in his huge drop in the draft.

  9. Becky says:

    Eric—Appel *IS* going back to Stanford. He has already said he was going back,
    as soon as he found out Scott Boras lost him MILLIONS in signing money.Becky:)

  10. Lisa Gray says:


    schafer IS pretty average – certainly no star. he’s a better CF than maxwell with the glove though – maxwell is fast but schafer has got better instincts. And maxwell is a strikeout king, too. i doubt that schafer has real too much trade value.

    as for appel,
    he’s furious all right, but he dropped to the 8-hole and slot is 2.9 mill and the pirates actually CAN’T go much over that and he’s gonna have like ZERO leverage under the new system if he goes back to stanford and he might NOT get picked higher than #8.

    he got drafted BEFORE he pitched like dog poo in the playoffs.

    AND he made himself look really REALLY bad PR-wise by refusing to having anything to do with the post-draft call. you’d think boras wouldea trained his clients better.

    i can’t find any news that says he’s definitely refused to sign with pittsburgh

  11. Eric says:

    Well, Pittsburgh has never been noted for handing out millions even to estabalished stars, much less a fresh-out-of-school draftee. I just don’t see Pittsburgh signing Appel for more than the slot money. I just don’t see them wanting to do that.

    But yeah, Appel comes across pretty immature. I mean even with 2.9 million, he’s making way more than the vast majority of Americans. And quite alot of them will never see a grand total of 2.9 million in their life time either.

  12. Becky says:

    *WHO* would WANT to play for the Pirates??????????

  13. Eric says:

    My paternal grandparents lived in Monroeville PA which is pretty close to Pittsburgh. We were driving through the state and the first thing that struck me was how dreary it really was.

    And when we did visit with Grandpa, he seemed to like those Iron City beer and bowling alleys.

    We couldn’t wait to get the hell out of here. I know I loved my grandparents and especially their white frosting/chocolate cake (wish we had the recipe for it !)

    Man that was one depressing area to live in. It was like living in monochrome. But if the residents are anything like my parents – they were tough people.

  14. Lisa Gray says:


    the pirates have been handing out BIG bonuses to prospects for the past 4 years. they don’t hand out millions to established STARS because they won’t go there. they get guys on their last legs when they DO get FA. because, like becky sez, WHO would want to play for the pirates? who, by the way, are now in first place in the central – hard as it is to believe.

    and i think pittsburgh has changed a LOT since your parents were there but it’s still a small city and it isn’t glamorous – sort of like milwaukee and they can’t sign big FA there neither.

    but then again, wasn’t that long ago that big FA wouldn’t sign with philly neither