Baseball Crank
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May 12, 2004
BASEBALL: Nothing Lost in Translation

Give Kaz Matsui this much credit: the guy knows how to make a first impression. Tonight, Randy Johnson got the rude awakening about the wiry shortstop's power, as Matsui leads the game off with a homer on Johnson's second pitch of the game.

UPDATE (Thursday Morning): And 1-0 is how it ends. I have to admit that Braden Looper and Tom Glavine have both been far better than my preseason skepticism indicated (both have had improved control, Looper dramatically), although I still don't trust either one of them. There have been too few positive surprises this season, although Orber Moreno has looked good at times and Eric "Prince" Valent has shown an enticing combination of patience and power.

The real test comes if Glavine is still pitching well in July and contending teams start inquiring about taking him and maybe half his contract off the Mets' hands. Will they be able to pull the trigger even if it means writing off a multimilliondollar loss?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:46 PM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
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He hasn't been particularly "good" on my fantasy team, but with a fair number of runs scored & total bases, he's been decent.
Chone Figgins now has 5 games at shortstop, so he could be a decent pickup should he continue to get playing time for the Angels (alas, the stalwart of my team was the great Garrett Anderson........arthritis...sigh).

Posted by: Ricky at May 13, 2004 6:15 AM
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