Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A guide to getting to Connecticut quickly

Top 7TH B:0 S:0 O:0 Pitcher Change: Scott Munter replaces Noah Lowry, batting 9th.
Top 7TH B:0 S:0 O:0 Scott Spiezio singles on a ground ball to first baseman Mark Sweeney.
Top 7TH B:1 S:0 O:1 Albert Pujols lines out to second baseman Ray Durham.
Top 7TH B:4 S:0 O:1 Scott Rolen walks. Scott Spiezio to 2nd.
Top 7TH B:0 S:1 O:1 Juan Encarnacion singles on a ground ball to right fielder Dan Ortmeier. Scott Spiezio scores. Scott Rolen to 3rd.
Top 7TH B:4 S:2 O:1 Hector Luna walks. Juan Encarnacion to 2nd.
Top 7TH B:4 S:0 O:1 Yadier Molina walks. Scott Rolen scores. Juan Encarnacion to 3rd. Hector Luna to 2nd.
Top 7TH B:0 S:0 O:1 Pitcher Change: Steve Kline replaces Scott Munter.

After the game, the Giants optioned Munter to its double A affiliate in Danbury, Conn. His pitching line was damn ugly -- ERA of 7.71; he'd let in 14 earned runs in 16 innings; he had 13 walks and 6 strikeouts. Felipe says he'll be back when he gets his sinker back. My reaction is "How about never, Felipe? Does never work for you?"

I guess that Munter's stats last year and the fact that he looks like an MLB power pitcher somehow convinced Felipe to keep running him out there. Fans sometimes mistakenly say of big leaguers, "I could have done that." In Munter's case, they would have been right.

Dan Ortmeier also got sent down Fresno after going 3-for-12. Felipe says he needs to play every day. He has until Friday to fill the roster spots. My reaction is "Can we get a real first-baseman? Is it going to kill you guys to admit that you shouldn't be starting Jose Vizcaino at first base?"

Daniel at Orange and Black Baseball has a plan for dealing with the continuing outrage that Vizcaino represents as part of a post after Tuesday's game entitled That's it, now I'm just plain pissed: So the Let's Waive Goodbye to Jose Vizcaino Count-Up will begin on Thursday, May 25th, as that is the day after the day Vizcaino should've been waived. As this won't actually happen on Wednesday like it should, the count-up will start at one on Thursday and count up the days since the mistake was committed. And, just to ratchet up the brutality, I'll also count up the number of plate appearances the Giants have wasted on him.If you think I'm a bit obsessed with this, well, you're right. Very astute of you to notice.


Blogger Jonathan said...

My Giants Blog

Seriously, munter sucks. They shoulda put hennessey in the first place. It was a 'weird game' w/ all the plays and the error by lowry. they had the chance but blew it with the brutal bullpen. 3 pinch hitters by st. louis- all of em rediculous.

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