Monday, July 24, 2006

At least the Blownitez whining has stopped

I'm sure it's only temporary. Here's how the Chron recapped Armando's 5th blown save to a guy (Sledge) who hadn't homered previously this year --

Given how strong his fastball looked -- just ask Josh Bard about the 96-mph job he swung through to end the ninth with the go-ahead run at third base -- one has to wonder why, on a 1-2 count, Benitez threw a splitter, not his strongest pitch now.
"I was upset with myself because you know when you make a mistake," Benitez said. "I made a mistake. I threw a splitter and he got me. The guy came in and hit the ball. One mistake you make costs the game. I've got no excuses. He beat me."
As Sledge rounded the bases, Benitez did something several teammates privately called unprofessional. He flipped his glove high into the air then batted it to the ground. Upset as he was, though, he prevented the go-ahead run from scoring after two more Padres reached base.

MEMO TO BRAIN SABEAN - Again, it should be obvious that this guy is not the one you want closing. He can't handle it and he's a big crybaby. Get rid of him if you can.


Blogger allfrank said...

So why does Benitez get trashed? Why not Wilson for giving up the winning run? or Finley, whose brain fart led him to be tagged out in the 8th? What is Benitez's record since he's been healthy? During July? June and July? And, if you take out the early season when he was still injured, who exactly has a better record?

4:14 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

He gets trashed because he's blown 5 saves and converted only 13 -- a lousy ratio. And it's likely that he keeps getting injured because he's overweight. Add on his whining about how unfair it is when you're the team's third highest paid player and I have no sympathy.

6:11 PM  

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