Thursday, June 30, 2005

Kaz: A Four Letter Word

When you're a lefthanded pitcher, and Chase Utley jacks you out of the yard with all the subtlety of a Kenny Rogers kick to your camera (I guess those cameramen were from New York), well then you've got no business disguising yourself as a front line pitcher. And sadly, it looks more and more like Chris Russo was correct about Kaz Ishii as the Mets threw the sinking Phillies a life preserver tonight by a score of 6-3.

Ishii let loose with the walks again, 4 in 3 and 1/3 innings, preceding the Utley home run. Willie Randolph was seen performing a furious rain dance in the dugout to try to spare the Mets some indignity, but of course the rain died down while the game was becoming official. Randolph swore up and down after the game that Ishii would stay in the rotation, but let's face is not the time to perform like chopped avocado on the mound with Aaron Heilman (one run in one and 2/3 innings in relief and Ishii), and with Steve Trachsel targeting an August 1st return.

Combine that with the fact that the Mets didn't give up their top minor league pitcher for him, rather a useless catcher who runs funny, it ultimately will not be hard for Randolph to cut bait on Fishii Ishii.

And P.S. Did you see the way Jose Offerman hit that home run towards the back of the bleachers? Well that proves it...that WAS Dontrelle Willis!

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