Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 8, 2006
BASEBALL: It Was A Good Day

Very quick thoughts here, perhaps to be expanded upon later:


*I guess we'll never know who the Game Four starter would really have been. I fear finding out in the next round, though.

*Broxton bombed - but not really. That long sixth inning was a replay of the 1986 Game Six rally in terms of dinks and dunks into short center. Still, Grady did leave him out there an awful long time. Randolph also left Mota in so long as to really tempt fate, when there's really no reason why a fresh Roberto Hernandez is inferior to a tired Mota.

*I sure hope Cliff Floyd is OK.

*The Yankees were, purely and simply, done in by the 1-2 punch of a very short series and good pitching. Of course, as I have noted before, if you hold the view that the Yankees' victories in 1996-2000 were due to some superior reserve of clutch-ness, you need to find scapegoats. Hence, A-Rod will get all the blame.

*I have to think the pressure to trade A-Rod for pennies on the dollar will now be irresistible, most likely to a team that can return him to his natural position. Granted, that's still a lot of pennies. The team with perhaps the best case for making a run is the Cardinals - Edmonds, Carpenter, Rolen and Izzy aren't getting any younger, and upgrading from Eckstein to A-Rod would be huge on both sides of the ball. A deal won't make sense except for a team that can take on a substantial amount of the remaining 2/3 of A-Rod's salary the Yanks are on the hook for. It won't make any sense for the Yankees, but the focus of media/fan anger at him has passed the tipping point of rationality.

*Frickin' Jeff Kent. ^!#%!# Carlos Baerga.

*Will they never learn to never give the "Player of the Game" until the game is over?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:23 AM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Who would you rather see the Mets play - Cardinals or Padres?

Posted by: Mark at October 8, 2006 9:25 AM

Cards. Their pitching is so thin.

Posted by: The Crank at October 8, 2006 10:00 AM


My problem with Willie last night wasn't in leaving Mota in too long, but in letting Oliver face Kent as the tying run.

But no harm, no foul I guess.

So nice to see Green really driving the ball last night. he looked great.

Posted by: Mike at October 8, 2006 10:04 AM


Oh yeah, and Floyd looks DONE. Just the way he buried his face told the story -- he doesn't think he'll be back this season. Luckily, it's the one position the Mets can afford to lose a player, with Chavez playing as well as he has.

Posted by: Dave at October 8, 2006 11:27 AM
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