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November 20, 2008
BASEBALL: Start Me Or Trade Me

Aaron Heilman wants to start in Queens or start somewhere else. Heilman's failure last season at least takes away the "he's too valuable in the pen" card - I personally think that (1) he needs a change of scenery so badly the Mets probably have to sell low and get rid of him and (2) the logical destination is St. Louis. Heilman's 30 years old, reasonably healthy, has a history of some success but has lacked consistency and has lately been failing - that is, to a T, the profile of the kind of pitcher LaRussa and Duncan have made their careers with, from Dave Stewart to Eckersley to Chris Carpenter to Lamarr Hoyt to Isringhausen to Storm Davis to Looper to Lohse to Todd Stottlemyre, etc.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:54 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Awright, now you've been reading my stuff. For too many years now I have predicted that Heilman would wind up with LaRussa/Duncan, or possibly one of those few other doctors of pitchers with good arms; and that he would transform into a 190-inning horse for one of the Mets' competitors.

It just makes sense. He will rediscover the breaking ball be junked to be a reliel pitcher and prosper elsewhere.

Sign. I wish him well, but.

Posted by: dd at November 20, 2008 11:30 PM

Dave Stewart and Derek Jeter could have played as a two man team and beaten most Red Sox teams. I think Dave Stewart was 150-0 against the Red Sox.

Posted by: jim at November 21, 2008 3:10 PM
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