Wednesday, July 23, 2008


That game was a fucking nightmare. Blown lead, questionable managerial decisions, boneheaded fielding, baserunning gaffes aided by ridiculous third base coaching moves, Jimmy Rollins driving in the winning runs and then yapping about this that and the other thing to the press after the game . . .

. . . Billy Wagner once again unavailable for a series against the Phillies, So "Fucking" Taguchi involved in the rally, Aaron Heilman sitting in the pen while three clowns coughed up the lead . . .

. . . Johan Santana hitting the showers after 105 pitches, Jerry Manual making up some bullshit story about how Santana never threw more than 100 pitches with the Twins* . . .

Have I missed anything?
* Let's see. In 2004, the year Santana won his first Cy Young Award behind his 20-6, 2.61 ERA, 265 K performance, he topped 100 pitches in 22 of his 34 starts, including a streak of 16 in a row at one point during which he went 12-3 with a microscopic ERA. Among those were 7 starts of over 110 pitches during a 12 start stretch. 8-3 with a low ERA in those games.

How about 2006, a far more recent era in baseball's evolution, when Santana won his second Cy? 20 of his 34 starts. In 2005, 20 out of 33 starts, including 5 of over 110 pitches. Last year? Same 20/33, including 6 of more than 110.

Hell, this year, he topped 100 pitches in 13 of his 17 starts, including 6 times over 110. Incidentally, he pitched well in all-but-one of the starts following those over-110 pitch outings.

You know what this means? Manuel is Full Of Shit. He Made It Up. Maybe he has his reasons; I suspect he does not. But in terms of the last two starts Johan made against the Phils, where Manuel took him out in the 9th with 95 & 105 pitches logged respectively, the Met manager felt better facing the division rival with Duaner Sanchez on the hill.

They lost both games.

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Blogger Edwardo said...

Sorry about your team's crap performance. Manuel does sound like he has a very low watt bulb flickering in his to to small head. Where I come from we have another idiot, actually I think he's more an insufferably boorish narcissist than anything else, named Manny to worry about.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

You don't like Manny? I thought everyone loved Manny?

(No sarcasm, I'm serious.)

7:46 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Yep, last night was a topsy turvy game, a reality check, and a giant punch in the nether region all rolled into one. And just as Rickey was gearing up for a jubilatory post on the Mets too. Argh.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

After thinking about it ad nauseum, I have concluded that this was truly a team loss, and right now, I'm engaged in an active brainstorming session to try to figure out a way to blame the batboys, the groundsmen, the weatherman, and the building itself.

But all kidding aside, the Mets just imploded last night, onto themselves.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

My Villain List:

1. Aguayo
2. Manuel
3. Sanchez

Honorable mention to Feliciano, and Chavez.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Well, if you're going to put Aguayo as #1, don't you think you ought to have a #1A, namely Keith Hernandez for praising the "agressiveness on the bases?" Now, I love Keith, I truly do (I always had a little crush on him, if the truth be told, but that's neither here nor there), but I'm thinking to myself as I'm listening (and he did emphasize that point a few times)... man, this is surely going to come back and bite us in the keister, meester. And it did, Sid.

9:26 AM  
Blogger George said...

Here's a line from my morning email from Rotoworld: "Tuesday marked the ninth time this season that Santana has failed to pick up a victory despite turning in a Quality Start."

Sums up the Mets' season and my fantasy season.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

Could we invent the time machine and have Jerry Manuel go back to a specific October night in NYC in 2003 when a certain Pedro Martinez desperately needed to be removed by a certain Grady Little to go to a bullpen with a series ERA hovering around zero? This would make me happy.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

I've thought about it all day and my analysis hasn't changed:



3:48 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Funny thing is, Manuel said he would've left Santana in last night had he asked... Who knows if that's actually true however.

8:12 AM  
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