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May 14, 2008
BASEBALL: Cleaning House

It can only be good news that the Mets finally dumped Jorge Sosa, choosing instead to keep Joe Smith on the roster when Matt Wise returned from injury even though Smith had options left and Sosa has a guaranteed contract with something like $1 million still owed on it. I wanted Sosa gone by the end of last August; this was long overdue, Sosa having allowed 23 runs in 21.2 innings this season. It was a little sad to see Nelson Figueroa go as well, but Figueroa was clearly a stopgap option, and while his 5.12 ERA was no worse than you would have expected from him, his departure is no loss, and a reminder of what an upgrade it will be if we finally see Pedro back in action in a few weeks. With Schoenweis pitching well, as long as he's limited to LOOGY or mopup duty, I'm actually feeling pretty good about a Wagner-Heilman-Feliciano-Sanchez-Wise-Smith-Schoenweis pen (Sanchez has been very uneven, but he's only been scored on in 3 of his 14 outings, two of which accounted for 7 of the 8 runs and 8 of the 12 hits he has surrendered so far).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:44 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Sosa simply didn't have the bite on his slider anymore, and a mediocre slider paired with a mediocre fastball meant doom (and too often, boom). He was painful to watch at times. The Mets are capable of eating the money, so use that advantage.

And I agree, Joe Smith is so much better right now, it would have been a huge mistake (and blow to his confidence) to send him to the minors.

Ok, I know I've seen the term before, but remind me ... what is LOOGY?

Posted by: FundadCt at May 14, 2008 4:08 PM

Lefthanded One Out GuY. Or One Out Only, or some such. Basically, the situational lefty who only faces lefties.

This point merits a post of its own, but while Schoenweis has been just marginally less horrid against righthanded hitters, his success thus far this year is due to (1) facing a lot fewer righties (50/50 R/L vs 60/40 last year) and (2) going from reasonably effective to totally devastating against lefties.

Posted by: The Crank at May 14, 2008 4:23 PM

After tonight's nauseating display, I'd like Heilman's head on a pike, please.

Posted by: mikeski at May 14, 2008 10:17 PM
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