Re: The Bullpen
You should probably learn how to get warm in 10 pitches...and familiarize yourself with the attached picture. You'll be spending some time there.
P.S. We've had success playing in stadiums with a body of water just beyond right field. Please see what you can do about putting in a pool next to the tomato garden. We can get Danny Graves to help you if needed. Thanks.
Seriously, can you believe how the Mets have stepped in it with starting pitching? Steve Trachsel returns from being out all season with a bulging disk in his back, and he throws eight shutout innings, and gives up 2 hits leading to a 1-0 Mets win in San Francisco on Friday.
Oh, and one more thing, the game took 2:28 to play. A start by the Human Rain Delay took about an hour and a half to get to the eighth inning.
Yes, that Steve Trachsel.
Norfolk, VA has been a fountain of magic for veterans since 2000. Consider:
- Bobby Jones takes a demotion to work on mechanics in 2000. Was the best pitcher down the stretch for the Mets, and pitches a one hit shutout in the playoffs.
- Steve Trachsel takes a demotion in May of 2001 to work on mechanics...returns to become a serviceable pitcher down the stretch.
- Jae Seo goes to the minors in 2005 due to a numbers game and learns/revamps his change-up. Returns in August and can't be touched.
- Trachsel spends the whole 2005 season on the DL, and rehabs at various stops including Norfolk. Returns on August 26th and throws eight shutout innings.
I do think that Willie Randolph managed this one like a Playstation game in the eighth. Trachsel got through a hairy eighth with Roberto Hernandez more than warm in the pen. Is it me, or would logic have Randolph going to the trusty old man to replace a pitcher making his first start of the season?
Or does Willie feel he must get greedy with the starters because of some new fear he has regarding the middle relief, Hernandez in particular?
I also have to admit...the ninth inning worried me. It worried me even before the leadoff double by Omar Vizquel. You see Braden Looper doesn't blow the normal leads...he blows special leads, like Opening Day leads, and Pedro leads, and leads against the Yankees, and leads by pitchers who are close to perfect coming back from injury...like tonight. And when Vizquel got the double, I was ready to type the Looper rant. Thankfully, it never came, as Looper got it done on the road where he and the Mets have struggled before this trip. This is a trip, by the way, that you can now deem successful with 5 wins so far.