Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Is anyone surprised?

Blownitez was back to his old tricks -- utterly ineffective in the 9th inning today when he was asked to hold on to a 3-3 tie, then gave up three hits and a walk. It's somehow appropriate that it happened at Mays Field against the Mets, just like seven years ago when he gave up a 3-run homer in the 9th to J.T. Snow.

Can we please use someone else with the game on the line? Because if you think this is the last time this will happen this year, there's a bridge in Brooklyn that I can sell you.


Blogger allfrank said...

I think this is a cheap shot. Like you've just been waiting to dump on Benitez. Before today his ERA was below 2. It jumps today because he gets charged with 2 ERs because the fielders were so inept they didn't even touch the pop up to RF and it fell for a hit. They make that catch I think we get out of the inning. Closers are not perfect. eg: Hoffman, T ERA 4.26, 2 blown saves.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Fair enough. I admit that I despise the guy.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

...and it was still a bad performance today. So what if the fielders made an inept play? And so what if Trevor Hoffman is also blowing saves?

8:34 PM  
Blogger allfrank said...

I'm not saying it was a great performance (I thoughtr he was more than a little immature on the mound - probably leading the umpire to squeeze him even more). I'm saying you're just laying in the weeds waiting for the inevitable "bad performance" day. Days like every major leaguer has, like even Hoffman has.
I just think the guy is not getting a fair shake from Giants fans. If you don't like him because of his behavior on the mound, OK, that's legit. But if you take the position he's a bum because he pitched poorly the past two years, I think you pick and choose "facts" to "support" what really is a prejudice. And that drives me nuts - so I end up wasting a lot of time pointing it out to the offenders - to no particularly good effect.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I hope today's performance was an aberation but I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen again soon and repeatedly. If this team is to contend, it has to win games like today's. And Bochy needs to find someone else to use in tight spots because he's shown repeatedly that he shouldn't be used when the game's on the line.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Boof said...

Allfrank conveniently forgets that Buttmando has had a long and storied history of poor behavior ("not my job") and poor pitching and wants to attribute this to isolated incidents of unwarranted bashing. In actuality, this is a return to the norm. The aberration is the few good appearances that he has had at the beginning of this season that make some people forget what a crappy closer he really is.

1:28 PM  

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