Sunday, June 03, 2007

Yo-Yos

"Keeping a yo-yo spinning while remaining at the end of its uncoiled string is known as sleeping. Sleeping is the basis for nearly all yo-yo tricks, the player first putting the yo-yo in a "sleep" before throwing the yo-yo around using its string. In competition, mastery of sleeping is the basis for the 1A division." -from Wikipedia, on yo-yo's
In major league baseball competition, the basis for beating the Mets is throwing your curveball and pulling the uncoiled string until the lineup, and half the fans, are put to sleep. Doug Davis, who has a WHIP of 1.62, held the Mets to six hits and three walks (two by Paul Lo Duca, and two in the eighth inning) with his major league curveball today in leading the Diamondbacks to a 4-1 win, and the first series win against the Mets by someone outside of the division (and fourth overall).

Obviously, the Mets caught Davis on a bad day...well, a good day for him. Davis had struggled with his control in May until his last game against Philadelphia when he didn't walk any batters in eight innings. Today, the curve reminded me of a yo-yo on a string, getting Met after Met to sit and stay like puppies at obedience school. Of course, for all of Davis' outs, the most important out of the day was the only one acquired by Tony Pena in the eighth...the one where Damion Easley had the bases loaded with two outs and grounded out to third base (after he barely missed a three run double with a grounder foul...I have my doubts about that foul call but it was indeed close) to end the only legitimate threat of the day.

And what makes me angry about that is...well, how many freakin' Tony Penas are there in this league? There's the shortstop (who apparently is known as Tony F. Pena even though he never hit a big home run against the Red Sox), there's the shortstop's father who shows up in all those old Dwight Gooden reels striking out and having his batting helmet fall off while falling to one knee. And now there's the pitcher...and I don't even know if he's related or not. I mean, I don't think so...but dude, can't you change your name? Anthony? Antonio? Jebediah?

Seriously, I'm old. I can't keep up anymore. More than one Tony Pena, just like more than one catching Molina brother, just tends to piss me off.

7 comments:

JAMMQ said...

Curveballs baffling the Mets, what a surprise. Carlos Beltran and Adam Wainwright are working on a thesis about this. If I see another game where the Mets get befuddled by a mediocre pitcher(think Chuck James, Kyle Davies) I'm going to lose my mind.

The Steve Nash Kid said...

actually tony pena used to go by adriano rosario, his ocusin's name, to look younger and visa stuff...

it confuses us d-backs fans too.


good luck the rest of the year - see ya in the playoffs.

Metstradamus said...

I knew it! I knew there was something fishy about that. Thanks for the tip Nash Kid. You got a hell of a team out there. Hopefully our paths will cross again in October.

Anonymous said...

another loss at home..
its makin me really nervous..

Jaap said...

Just remember the auld spanish phrase "no vale la pena" meaning roughly, it isn't worth it...

Toasty Joe said...

I just got through sorting out all of the Alez Gonzalezes in the league, and now there's a massive Tony Pena influx. Great.

Anonymous said...

I was in Loge 9 for that Easley foul ball. A good view of the lefties and the 1st baseline. Sadly, it was just foul. Like the Mets were yesterday. It was a snooze. They just don't get pumped for games at Shea, and it's gonna burn 'em.
PS: #### Julio Franco.