Baseball Crank
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May 6, 2006
BASEBALL: Rally Caps!

I had meant to mention this in my roundup of Friday night's game, but Always Amazin' beats me with a picture of Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen donning rally caps in the broadcast booth in the 13th inning (strangely, Roger McDowell made no effort to do the same down in the Braves' dugout. But I'm still waiting for him to give Bobby Cox a hotfoot.)

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:31 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Milledge for Zito...the latest rumor following Zambrano's injury...thoughts?

Posted by: seamus at May 8, 2006 7:53 AM

Rumor - I stress its a rumor - out of Houston today is Clemens is retired and will not be pitching this year.

Lights Out Lidge is more like Deer in the Headlights Lidge this year. I dunno what's up with that. His pitches look the same to my eye. Maybe its just that he's been thoroughly scouted and people know what to look for (my favorite theory when pitchers start out well and go bad after a couple years). Maybe he's tipping his pitches, although they swear they've studied the tape for this. Maybe its bad luck.

Whatever it is he's getting hammered this year. Watch for the Astros to package him in an attempt to trade for offense, especially if (counter to rumor) Clemens returns.

Posted by: Dwilkers at May 8, 2006 9:27 AM

Clemens to the Red'll happen. That big jackass is such an ego-maniac he'll amp it up for one last return to glory in Fenway...go into Cooperstown with a big B on his cap.

Posted by: seamus at May 8, 2006 9:33 AM

Newsday has a Met's blog, written by the beat writer, David Lennon.

Posted by: abe at May 9, 2006 2:34 PM

Thanks for the hat tip...I'm a big fan of your work here, Mr. Crank.

Great game the other night. Bob Raissman frowned on Hernandez and Cohen sporting the rally caps today in his column, but I don't think too many Mets fans were disappointed. They're human, too.

Posted by: Ryan McConnell at May 9, 2006 2:38 PM

Rally caps definitely won't help if Willie won't use Wags in a fairly important tied game in the 9th inning against a slew of lefty hitters, as Randolph did ('nt) tonight. I'm beginning to see why the Mets underperformed their Pythagenport by six games last year.

Posted by: John Salmon at May 9, 2006 11:54 PM

Totally agree....Wagner needs to be used in that situation. If Utley is retired, then Wagner pitches against Abreu, Victorino and Howard in the 10th. Then, if the Mets still haven't scored against the Phils' so-so bullpen, I'll take my chances with Bradford, Bell or Julio taking on Aaron Rowand, David Bell and Ruiz. You have a $43 million dollar left-handed closer for a reason. With a fresh bullpen after the day off, there's no reason to wait for the lead in that situation. Very poor managing.

Posted by: Ryan McConnell at May 10, 2006 11:56 AM
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