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July 8, 2008
BASEBALL: Recovering Heilman

Don't look now, but yesterday was actually only the second time since April, and the first since May 20, that Aaron Heilman gave up a home run. In 19 appearances since the beginning of June, Heilman now has a 2.04 ERA, with a 20/5 K/BB ratio and 14 hits allowed in 17.2 IP, stranding all 9 runners he's inherited. (He's also hit 4 guys in that stretch - Heilman's 8 hit batsmen are second in the NL to only Oliver Perez with 10. The Mets have hit a MLB-leading 48 batters, with Arizona at 47 the only other team within 10 of them).

I still think it will be some time before we can trust Duaner Sanchez to really be a consistent setup man, so it is good to have Heilman back and maybe ready to fully take over the 8th inning duties again.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:55 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I don't think Sanchez will be up to it. Clearly something is lost from 2 years ago. Is it the Mota effect? Bad shoulder? Poor work ethic?

As to the Mota effect, we are really seeing the return of baseball of the 1980s and back with a vengeance, with 35 now decrepit again. And there is serious talk about bringing back Barry Bonds? 42 or so, not having played in a half year, and enough baggage to overwhelm Wells Fargo going west? Man, they should ban the drugs the fans are taking instead of the players' juice.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at July 8, 2008 10:58 PM
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