Jeremy Heit's Blog
Saturday, October 04, 2003
Busy again this afternoon and was yesterday all day, so this will be quick. I'll probably come back tonight with something tonight too...

I've caught glimpses of most of the games but not a whole lot of all of them and will miss all the 1 o'clock games today. But there are a few things I still have to talk about...

1 If Cy Young voting including postseason, we still wouldn't know whether Mark Prior or Jason Schmidt was the Cy Young. They are amazing, both of them. Watch out for Prior out of the pen in game 5 though.

2. Don't you just feel like Dontrelle is gonna do something special on the big stage today?... I don't know why, I just got a feeling on that...

3. Tim Wakefield... I am a genius.

4. Barry Zito had the nastiest curve I have ever seen in game 2. That thing was filthy.

5. The Yankees just aren't that good. Watching them in game 2 and seeing highlights from game 1, I can just pick out things that this team used to do well that they don't anymore.

6. When did Jason Giambi become Alfonso Soriano... take a damn pitch...

7. And finally, could you imagine the Twins and the A's and the Marlins and the Cubs being in the Championship Series at the beginning of the year? I didn't think so.

Tonight's post will either be after the 4 o'clock, which I'll talk about, plus reviews of what I see from highlights in the 1 o'clock's or I'll do a review of the day after the late game. Until then, enjoy the games!

Thursday, October 02, 2003
A couple of notes to get to before talking about the first couple of days of the playoffs...

1. Michael of Michael's Mets Ramblings points out that I am an idiot. OK, maybe not an idiot, but proves that I don't often proofread myself well enough. The other day in my young players review I said Wigginton was a below average hitting third baseman. I probably meant to put average and couldn't belief I put that when I reread it. So, Michael sent me this set of stats...

MLB Third Base Average: .259/.329/.421, .260 EqA
Ty Wigginton: .256/.318/.398, .256 EqA

And Wigginton is only in his first full year. If he learns to hit righties a lot better, he could become one of the better hitting 3B in the league.

I just have to stop listening to everyone saying Wigginton could move back to 2B if he's not good enough offensively at 3B.

2. A new Mets blog, SaberMets, has come about. The early articles look very good and it is nice to have another Mets baseball blogger. So go over to his site and welcome him.

Now onto the first few days of the playoffs (I've decided against football reviews, the playoffs are much more important...)...

All I can really say is that the first few days (though I haven't seen much of any of the games) have really reaffirmed to me why I love baseball so much and especially the playoffs. There is nothing quite like it. The other day I predicted the 3 winners of the 3 games all correct and even got 2 of the final scores correct. And I used stats to try and back up my theories. You can do that in a season, but in the playoffs, they just don't mean as much...

I use statistics all the time on this site. I try to prove things and for the most part, statistics separate the good teams from the bad teams. But when you get to the playoffs, in that one game or one moment, anything can happen. Stats are thrown out the window. Meanwhile, every manager looks for any small sample size or any statistic they can use to make a decision on who to pinch hit or who to bring in to pitch. Which is what makes it so strange. Anything could happen in that one at-bat and while you would obviously bring in a pitcher whose given up a .500 OPS to a lefty over a pitcher whose given up a .950 OPS, how do you know it will work. Over a long season, it will work for the most part. But when that one moment could mean one game that is so important, absolutely anything can happen.

And that's the beauty of the playoffs. Anything can happen. Ramon Hernandez squeeze bunted with the bases loaded and 2 outs in extra innings. The A's, the team whose GM hates bunts. Billy Beane probably went nuts. Yet, it worked. Who in the world would have expected a catcher to squeeze bunt with two outs and the bases loaded in extra innings and have it work perfectly? Not many. Yet, it happened.

The other day I said that Johan Santana would be the reason that the Twins would win 3-1. He pitched 4 innings. Yet, the Twins bullpen pitched great. J.C. Romero, who had not pitched well at all this season, gave them 2 strong innings. LaTroy Hawkins, in the same game, came in and basically threw all fastballs. Most guys would never get away with that, no matter how good their heat is. Yet, he did. And in the same game, Jason Giambi looked like Alfonso Soriano at the plate. He wasn't patient and was trying too hard. The stats don't tell you that. Yet, being in the postseason got to him, made him press because he wanted to be a hero.

In baseball, we want statistics to tell us everything... we want them to tell us the answers to who should be in in what situation. We want them to tell us what will happen and then be right. But in the playoffs, in that one moment, they could be wrong. In a season, it would balance out. In the playoffs, its magnified...

People tell us that the playoffs show the true colors of a team. That they teach us about teams. To me, they don't. All the playoffs do is show who was better on that day. Who beat the statistics, who made the bigger play... Shannon Stewart made a game saving catch in the 9th inning of Game 1. Yet, his approach on the ball was terrible and he looked like he misread it the whole way. Yet, somehow he got back to it and caught it. And that was probably the difference in the game. And they don't teach us anything. We knew the Yankees defense stunk, but we can't learn anything new from postseason statistics. All they mean is who was hot for those games. Barry Bonds wasn't any less of a hitter or wasn't a good hitter just because before last year he was horrible in the postseason... And it doesn't mean he's not a big game player. He just didn't play well in those games...

In the end, statistics can be thrown out the window in the playoffs (for the most part, you obviously still bring in a great LOOGY to face a lefty). Because, when a guy is at bat, it is only 1 AB. And anything can happen in that 1 AB. Which is what makes baseball so special. The importance that AB could have... the tension between each pitch and the fact that there is no clock, that the game could techinally go on forever if no one ever has the lead at the bottom of an inning...

Billy Beane says the playoffs are a crapshoot. You know what, he's right. And really its because the statistics don't matter as much because in that one moment, absolutely anything could happen.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003
First off, if anyone has any suggestions for stats they would like to see analyzed on the Paul Konerko Watch breakdown, feel free to e-mail me with ideas.

It's that time! The end of the season has come and the Final Mets Young Players in the Majors Review is upon us. It started with a simple 5 and now has expanded to 9 players (Jeremy Griffiths is added on to last month's group). You can read the July, August, and Spetember reviews here, here, and here.

The set up will be pitchers first and then the position players. Also, stats from the July, August, and September reviews will be given, plus the end of the year stats...


Jae Seo- 26
July: 5-4, 96.2 IP, 103 H, 1.87 BB/9, 4.68 K/9, .47 HR/9, .269 BAA, 3.35 ERA
August: 5-8, 128.2 IP, 143 H, 2.24 BB/9, 5.18 K/9, .84 HR/9, .277 BAA, 4.34 ERA
September: 8-10, 4.12 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 164 IP, 171 hits allowed, 5.05 K/9, 2.25 BB/9, 2.24 K/BB, .82 HR/9, .264/.309/.431 allowed
Final: 9-12, 188.1 IP, 193 H, 2.20 BB/9, 5.26 K/9, 2.39 K/BB, .86 HR/9, .260/.304/.429, 3.82 ERA

I wonder why the September stats read differently... Anyways, Jae Seo had a rough July, came back strong in August and finished well in September. Even though he was 1-3, he had a 1.71 ERA in 31.2 September innings. His control has been very good and his strikeouts have gone up a little as the season has progressed. He's also gotten his hits per IP close to 1 per IP. His rate stats against have also gone down.

He has a very interesting split in his pitching...
vs. Lefties: .223/.285/.363
vs. Righties: .291/.320/.483

He pitches considerably better gainst lefties, which I think can be a very good sign. As he learns to pitch better, he will be able to get more right handers out. If he can continue to pitch well against left-handers (who supposedly have an advantage against righties), he could be a very good pitcher.

Overall, I think he's done well for himself and has shown he could be a middle of the rotation starter. Not overpowering, but has great control...

Aaron Heilman- 24
August: 1-4, 37.2 IP, 46 H, 4.79 BB/9, 6.46 K/9, 1.44 HR/9 .303 BAA, 6.93 ERA
September: 2-6, 6.71 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 56.1 IP, 67 hits allowed, 7.03 K/9, 5.61 BB/9, 1.26 K/BB, 1.76 HR/9, .296/.389/.513 allowed
Final: 2-7, 65.1 IP, 79 H, 5.65 BB/9, 7.03 K/9, 1.79 HR/9, .300/.390/.521, 6.75 ERA

To say I expected a little more from the kid would be an understatement. I was not impressed at all. He lost his starting job to Jeremy Griffiths (who we'll get to) in September and pitched 9 innings, including one start at the end of the season, in September. His one positive is that he can strike people out. His negatives are the high walk totals, which contribute to a high WHIP, and the HR/9 allowed. He's not guaranteed a spot in next year's rotation based on his performance, but might get one based on what some of the other candidates have done. He might need another half of a season in Norfolk. I'm not sure, but this isn't the pitcher I heard people talking about.

Jeremy Griffiths- 25
Final: 1-3, 37 IP, 50 H, 4.14 BB/9, 5.59 K/9, .97 HR/9, .321/.388/.487, 6.81 ERA

Of course, then again, considering the way one of the guys I was calling for has pitched, maybe Heilman will get another shot. Griffiths has not pitched that well, giving up too many hits and walks while not striking out enough people. His HR/9 are not bad, but this is the most interesting stat I see for him...

Home: 1-0, .253/.655 OPS, 3.10 ERA in 20.1 IP
Away: 0-3, .383/1.081 OPS, 11.34 ERA in 16.2 IP

I know we are talking even smaller sample sizes than we were already talking with his season stats, but still, he has pitched well at Shea, which is probably the only good sign going for him at this point. Probably back to the minors, depending on how the team is doing, he could get another shot next year

Position Players

Vance Wilson- 30
July: 159 AB, .277/.324/.434 (OPS- .758), 1:3.6 BB/K ratio (9 BB/32 K), 4 2B and 7 HR (44 hits), 27 RBI
August: 228 AB, .237/.285/.368 (OPS- .653), 1:4.09 (11/45), 7 2B and 7 HR (54 hits), 34 RBI
September: 249 AB, .237/.284/.373 (.657 OPS), 59 hits, 8 2B, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 12/52 BB/K (.23 BB/K)
Final: 264 AB, .246/.297/.379 (.676 OPS), 65 hits, 9 2B, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 15/55 BB/K (.27 BB/K)

As I said last month, he was part of the "new generation players" so he's on the list (even though he's 30). As I also said last month, he had a nice three month run or so, but catching everyday caught up to him. He's a good defensive backup catcher. He also hasn't had at-bats the last couple of months because of the return of Mike Piazza. (Were you expecting more on him? There isn't really more...)

Jason Phillips- 27
July: 148 AB, .328/.408/.466 (OPS- 875), 1:1 BB/K ratio (18 BB/18 K), 9 2B and 4 HR (48 hits overall), 18 RBI
August: 252 AB, .317/.391/.460 (OPS- .851), .86 BB/K (24/28), 15 2B and 7 HR (80 hits overall), 34 RBI
September: 355 AB, .315/.390/.468 (.858 OPS), 112 hits, 21 2B, 11 HR, 56 RBI, 36/40 BB/K (.9 BB/K)
Final: 402 AB, .299/.374/.443 (.817 OPS), 120 hits, 25 2B, 11 HR, 58 RBI, 39/50 BB/K (.78 BB/K)

The biggest surprise this season to me has been Jason Phillips. He has hit the ball extremely well and has played good enough defensively at first base even though he is a catcher. He has slumped in the last month and I think he is just a little tired. He has shown great patient and the ability to walk and has good gap power with his 25 2B. He has 11 HR, which show a little bit of pop, but he seems more like a gap hitter. He could also be moving back to catcher, where his stats would be very good. Even if catching took some toll on him and his stats dropped back to .270/.360/.420 (.780 OPS), he would still be an above average catcher. His only downfall is that he's slower than a turtle...

Marco Scutaro- 27
September: 67 AB, .224/.329/.373 (.702 OPS), 15 hits, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 11/10 BB/K (1.1 BB/K)
Final: 74 AB, .216/.337/.351 (.688 OPS), 16 hits, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 13/13 BB/K (1 BB/K)

Scutaro disappeared from the lineup, getting 7 AB's in September. He showed some patience at the plate, but as he's always done when he's come up to the majors, he hasn't hit for AVG. I have an interesting idea for a platoon at 2B though (WARNING: these are extremely small sample sizes...)

Marco Scutaro
vs. righties: 54 AB's, .259/.388/.426 (.814 OPS)
vs. lefties: 20 AB's, .100/.182/.150 (.332 OPS)

Danny Garcia- 23
vs. righties: 38 AB's, .158/.250/.263 (.513 OPS)
vs. lefites: 18 AB's, .333/.333/.556 (.889 OPS)

The bold obviously signifies the platoon. I'm part joking here and part being serious only because the Mets probably aren't going anywhere next year. Therefore, why not give it a shot? They can replace Jay Bell and Joe McEwing on the roster. Plus, Marco could also play 3B for Wigginton if Marco truly hits righties a lot better and Wigginton's struggles against righties continue (I'll get to that when I get to him).

Jose Reyes- 20

July: 78 AB, .218/.222/.359 (OPS-.581), 1:12 BB/K ratio, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR (17 hits overall), 18 RBI, 1/3 (33%) in steal attempts
August: 172 AB, .279/.291/.384 (OPS- .674), 1:5 BB/K, 7 2B, 4 3B, and 1 HR (48 hits), 23 RBI, 6/8 (75%) in steal attempts
September: 274 AB, .307/.334/.434 SLG (.769 OPS), 84 hits, 12 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 13/36 BB/K (.36 BB/K), 13/16 on steal attempts (81%)
Final: 274 AB, .307/.334/.434 SLG (.769 OPS), 84 hits, 12 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 13/36 BB/K (.36 BB/K), 13/16 on steal attempts (81%)

By the time I wrote my September article, Jose Reyes was out for the season. I was very critical of Jose Reyes early on, but in the end, came away impressed... I think what I said in September still sums up my feelings on him...

"Jose is done for the season, but he gave Met fans a great glimpse to the future in August. He struggled early when he came up, pressing to get hits and showing terrible plate disclipline. Then, when August hit and he had a little experience in the majors, he took off. He had a .355/.408/.509 line for a .917 OPS. His plate disclipline was a lot better and he went 7 for 8 in stealing bases. For the season he's 81%, which is very good. Another important move in August was putting him in the 2 spot. I don't think he walks nor has enough patient to be a 1 hitter, but I think his speed and aggressive slap hitting help him fit into the 2 hole perfectly. Now, the Mets just need a leadoff hitter... Anyway, his defense was still a little shaky at times, but he has shown how good he could be."

Ty Wigginton- 25
July: 306 AB, .275/.331/.428 (OPS-.759), 1:2.52 BB/K ratio (25 BB/63 K), 17 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR (84 hits), 38 RBI, 5/7 (71%) on steal attempts
August: 409 AB, .269/.320/.408 (OPS- .728), 1:2.8 BB/K (29/81), 24 HR, 6 3B, 7 HR (110 hits), 49 RBI, 8/10 (80%) on steal attempts
September: 509 AB, .257/.318/.403 (.721 OPS), 131 hits, 32 2B, 6 3B, 10 HR, 64 RBI, 41/105 BB/K (.39 BB/K), 11/13 on steal attempts (85%)
Final: 570 AB, .256/.318/.398 (.717 OPS), 146 hits, 36 2B, 6 3B, 11 HR, 71 RBI, 45/123 BB/K (.37 BB/K), 12/14 on SB's (86%)

Ty Wigginton is a hard nosed player that I like a lot. That being said, his offensive numbers are below average for a third baseman. His average has gone down consistenly through the year, which could bea product of being tired from his first major league season. That will be something that will have to be looked at durign his seocnd major league season. He does a decent job getting walks, but strikes out way too much, especially with only a .398 SLG. He is a gap hitter, shown by his 36 2B. He also shows surprising speed with his 6 3B and 12 SB with a 86% success rate.

But his biggest problem is something I mentioned before while talking about Marco Scutaro
vs. Righties: 416 AB, .240/.297/.375 (.672 OPS)
vs. Lefites: 154 AB, .299/.376/.461 (.837 OPS)

He has not hit righties well at all. It was a point brought up to me by reader Ricardo Gonzalez in my mailbag entry after the Wil Cordero platoon idea. As I said, I'd give him a year or so to see if he could figure it out, but after that, his inability to hit righties could become a big problem if it continues. Hopefully, he does better as he gets more major league experience, because he's a hard nosed player and a good defensive third baseman.

Jeff Duncan- 24
August: 65 AB, .249/.372/.323 (OPS- .695), 1:1.63 BB/K (11/18), 1 3B and 1 HR (16 hits), 6 RBI, 3/4 (75%) in steal attempts
September: 115 AB, .191/.301/.252 (.553 OPS), 22 hits, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 16/33 BB/K (.48 BB/K), 4/6 on steal attempts (66%)
Final: 139 AB, .194/.291/.245 (.536 OPS), 27 hits, 2 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 17/41 BB/K (.41 BB/k), 4/6 on SB's (66%)

Jeff Duncan needs more time in the minors. It's simple as that. He came up and had a hot couple of weks and everyone thought he was our savior in CF. Well, then he came back to Earth, and people realized he wasn't that good. He has very good speed and is very good defensively. He had a good eye and is patient at the plate, which he has shown at the minor league level. His problem is that he has a low AVG and strike outs a lot because he's not that good of a hitter yet. He needs to work on getting base hits and maybe using his speed as an advantage when he's at the plate, in a Juan Pierre or Luis Castillo way. Give him another year at Double A and we'll see how he's doing next September and evaluate how he fits into the team's future then (I think he'll end up being a fourth or fifth outfielder who has good speed and is very good defensively)

Well, there you have it, the 9 young players in the majors for the Mets (I didn't do the bullpen... I just don't feel that those numbers will be accurate at all.)

And one more note... change of plans in posting... I don't have time tomorrow, but I'd like to point out that I got the Twins-Yankees score exactly right... (of course I was expecting Santana to pitch 8 innings, but hey, details don't matter). So I guess I'll see y'all Thursday...

Monday, September 29, 2003
Before I get to my predictions, here are the upcoming things for the next week...

Tuesday: As long as I have time, the Mets Young Major Leaguers Report.
Wednesday: Football Review, plus notes from Tuesday's games (also note that I don't see anything before 5 PM and won't be home for part or all the games on Tuesday-Thursday. So the reviews could be small...).
Thursday-Sunday: Notes from the playoff games and maybe another baseball story or two in something catches my eye.
Next Monday: Paul Konerko Watch breakdown. I'm going to spend the weekend finishing it up and should have it for Monday.

Also, congratulations to the Tigers on avoiding history. It was nice to see Maroth pitch well...

OK, now the predictions...

Twins in 5 over Yankees- Why? Johan comes up huge in 2 games. Radke wins the other (Lohse pitches decently but gets beat by Clemens and Kenny Rogers goes out in game 4 and does his usualy suck job). The Twins also are able to play close games in Yankee Stadium that they can win while the Yankees blow them out in the Dome.

Red Sox in 4 over A's- Pedro is masterful and Timmy wins games 2 and 4.

Cubs in 5 over Atlanta- Why? I don't know. I really don't... I don't think the Cubs offense is nearly good enough but I don't believe in the Braves pitching. Pitching always beats out hitting for me, so its the Cubs

Giants in 3 over Marlins- Even though spacious parks are what the Marlins are used to, Jason Schmidt will win game 1 by pitching masterfully and walking Barry (which is what pitching around him means) will kill Trader Jack in the end.

Red Sox in 6 over Twins
Pedro and Johan have two duels, with Johan winning the one in game 5 to keep them in it. In the end, the Red Sox's offense is too strong.

Giants in 5 over Cubs
Close series, but in the end, the bullpen does in the Cubs

World Series
Red Sox in 6 over Giants
Over than Schmidt, I don't particulary like the Giants rotation and I think Tim Wakefield will have a big playoffs. Barry does his damage, but the Red Sox's pitch to him and that holds the rest of the offense down.

WS MVP: Tim Wakefield

Now that I've just scared you by saying Tim Wakefield will be the WS MVP, I'll break down what I think will happen in tomorrow's games...

Yankees vs. Twins- 1 PM
Mike Mussina vs. Johan Santana

Unbelievable pitching matchup and shoud be a great one (that I don't see). Mussina has that insame 20-2 record against the Twins career while Johan has never started against them. Johan Santana has pitched extremely well on the road with a .197 BAA against and a .569 OPS against. Of course, Mussina has a .230 BAA against and a .594 OPS against at home. The difference in this game and why the Twins will win it is what the strengths of the offenses are.

The Twins are more of a gap hitting and singles type team and while a .232 BAA is not high, Mussina has a tendency to put runners on a long more through hits than walks. If the Twins come out trying to just get base hits, they could do very well for themselves, especially considering the Yankees defense.

Meanwhile, the two things many Yankees do well is walk (1st in AL with 681) and hit home runs (3rd in AL with 229). Another thing the Yankees do is strikeout a lot (5th in AL with 1,035). Well, Johan Santana only walks 2.67 people per 9 IP and gives up a little bit less than 1 HR per 9 IP. Since becoming a starter his walks have dropped down to 2.2 though his HR's have gone up to 1.15 per 9. So he does a fairly good job not doing what the Yankees do well. He also does a good job striking out people, a thing the Yankees do a lot. For the season, he has 9.61 K/9 IP and as a starter has 8.89 K/9 IP.

So, I basically thing both pitchers will pitch well, but the Yankees downfall tomorrow will be their defense.

Twins 3-1

Giants vs. Marlins- 4 PM
Schmidt vs. Beckett

My NL Cy Young versus a young and very talented pitcher... this game comes down to three things...

First, Beckett has a .263 BAA against away from home. He's going into a spacious park against a team that had a .263 AVG for the season (6th in NL). I just don't feel this is a good match.

Second, Jason Schmidt has a .200 BAA against for the season and a .205 BAA against at home. He's facing a Florida team that relies a lot on slap hitting and base hits to get on base (5th in NL with .266 AVG, 13th in NL in BB with 512). This is a perfect matchup for SChmidt and I expect him to steamroll through the lineup.

Third, Jack McKeon is going to pitch around Barry, which basically means walk him. As Al of Al's Ramblings always loves to point out Base runners=runs and OBP=runs. This is not a good strategy... Now, there are times when I would walk Barry, but they all occur late in a game. Putting him on base just causes more problems. You have to pitch to him and let him beat you instead of putting him 1/4 of the way to a run without making him do any work.

Giants in a rout...

Giants 8-1

Cubs vs. Braves- 8 PM (or 10 PM by the time FOX starts it...)
Kerry Wood vs. Russ Ortiz

Strikeout leader vs. one of the worst talked about Cy Young candidates ever (along with Pettitte, who has over a 4 ERA)

The Braves play into Kerry Wood's hands. He walks a lot of people, around 4.2 per 9, but the Braves are only middle of the pack in walks. The Braves are first in NL in HR and Wood gives up about 1 per 9, which isn't great, but not bad. ATL also leads the NL in AVG in .283, but Wood is 2nd in the NL BAA at .203 and his BAA away is .198. The one thing Wood doesn't have going for him is that Atlanta struck out the least in the NL and Wood led the NL in K's with 266.

Meanwhile, Russ Ortiz leads the NL in walks. Of course, Chicago is 3rd to last in walks. The key to Ortiz's success is giving up only 17 homeruns and giving up 177 hits in 212.2 IP, allowing him to get away with over 100 walks. He has the makings for a shaky pitcher if a team could get a few hits of him because he will put men on through the walk.

I think the Cubbies will win this game and probably the series because the Braves are a team that has an offense built on home runs and base hits. If you take out their XBH from their hits and their XHB from their at-abts, they are still batting .201 on singles alone. This team could easily go into an offensive slump. Meawhile, the Cubs don't have much of an offense, but do have the better pitching, especially in this game.

In a close, long game with many LOB's, the Cubs pull it out.

Cubs 4-2

There you go, previews of all the games tomorrow, basically based around the starting pitching. Check back tomorrow for the Mets Yougn Players in the Major Leagues Report (I hope...)

Sunday, September 28, 2003
Anti-climatic final day of baseball today, which means even more football watching for me (I'm pessimistic about today's game... I feel like Dallas is gonna kill us today).

Yesterday, I did mention the possible problems the Cubs could have with their pitching rotation. After the first win, the Cub Reporter had a post stressing how important clinching the division title was yesterday, so that Wood could rest and pitch game one. Well, they did, and Wood will pitch game one on Tuesday. I'm still interested about game 2 though. It's Wednesday and if they want Prior to start, it will be on 4 days rest. Would Dusty send him out there for game 2 or pitch Zambrano, save him for game 3 and have him ready in the bullpen for 4 and 5? It will interesting to see how this all plays out...

The only game of significant note for wins and losses is the Tigers-Twins game. The Tigers are attempting to avoid the 120 loss mark of the 1962 Mets. Today's pitcher is Mike Maroth, and for his sake, I hope they win today. I hope he goes out and has a dominant game, even though it will be against the Twins Triple-A team, just so he can end the season on a positive note.

Back tomorrow with predictions and I don't what else... (but the end of the season means the end of the Paul Konerko Watch... it worked out to be 50 games too, which is totally by fluke...)

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