so sorry I haven’t posted for a while – we’ve been moving and I haven’t hardly had time to check the scores, let alone blog. I see that since I last posted, the Stros managed to win 1 game and got swept, as usual, by the DBax.
Millsie-poo is gone. We all KNEW he was a goner at the end of the season as Luhnow wants all his own people everywhere. There’s only so much blame to pile on Mills – it’s not like he had anything good to work with, mind. I also don’t know how much freeedom he had to play who he wanted when he wanted – all the platooning crap very easily could have been marching orders from Luhnow’s stable of stat geeks. Only difference between Millsie-poo and Cecil Cooper is that best I can tell, the players/pitchers didn’t HATE Millsie-poo and there wasn’t nearly open rebellion.
The AAA manager was promoted – he won’t have to be paid much – as interim manager. Most of the guys on the team know him because he managed them at AAA, so that will work out. The hitting coach is byby and a guy who was the Oakland Athletics hitting coach from 07-08 (go look up THOSE stats, I dare you) and the new first base coach (goodbye Bobby Meacham ???) is another Luhnow petsie-poo ex-Cardinal named Dan Radison who was a special something or other in player development. What that has to do with coaching first base I can’t tell you.
Interesting that Brocail, the pitching coach, hasn’t been fired yet. It’s not like he’s done anything to help improve anyone.
You want to know, of course, if De Francesco was a winnah at AAA. I will tell you that he did fine as long as his lineup was packed with the AAAA guys who are now mostly up here. He has a pitching staff whose starters have ERAs over 6 and relievers who suck. Over the past 2 weeks, they’re something like 2 -12 and have long since fallen out of first place. It’s not that hard to be a winner when your entire lineup has a BA of .300 and OPS over .800 – unless, of course, your pitchers give up 8 runs a game.
It will be interesting to see if De Francesco continues with all the platoon crap – if he does, we’ll know it’s an order coming from Luhnow, not manager’s decision. Amazing how few managers these days have bout any liberty at ALL to make decisions. The Billy Beane Moneyball characteriztion of Art Howe as a robot who is just there to stand on the dugout step and carry out the orders of the stat geek squad seems to be coming true more and more.
Day off tomorrow, which is good, seeing as how tomorrow will be pure heck for me. Then the guys go to Saint Looey and then the Mets. We’re clutching onto those 39 wins and the Rox and Cubs are falling further and further behind in the great struggle to lose. In fact, but Rox and Cubs have already passed the 42 mark, so they won’t get the record – we still can, especially when we have these pitchers who are so good at giving up 5-9 runs over one inning. And lots of errors and misplays, too – that helps.
Will be very interesting to see who Crane and Luhnow can lure with their miserly ways, to come and manage this team next year. They’ll find SOMEbody, seeing as how there are tons of guys who would gladly manage in the Bigs even if it was a team full of GRRRRLs.