Tag Archives: Johnny Cueto

TAKE A DEEP BREATH – IT AIN’T OVER YET

Before the World Series began, I asked what I believed were two pertinent questions. The first one revolved around the contest of the Met starters who consistently average between 95-97 mph and have a litany of strikeouts as their major weapon – and how that would fare against the Royals offense which doesn’t strike out, images-1seldom walks, and seems to have a propensity to string together five or six consecutive hits creating the big inning that often decides what was (until then) a close game.

You may already get the drift of where I’m going with this, but I also pointed to the distinct possibilityimages-38 that most (or even all) of the Mets rotation has ( or would soon) run into a wall based on innings pitched and plateaus never realized until now. Never was this more apparent than the wall Jacob DeGrom (above) smashed into last night. Cruising images-19along with electric and dominant stuff, all of a sudden he left a few pitches up in the zone and voila – the Royals being the Royals capitalize on these mistakes and turn the game around – for good ( Congrats Johnny Cueto – above right). Continue reading

BITS AND PIECES – THE TRADE DEADLINE!

We get all worked up about this trade deadline thing and often forget that some of the biggest “trades” have been made after the July 31 deadline via the waiver clause……but let’s take a look at what’s transpired so far looking at the impact…….or overall non-impact of these changes of scenery for some of the big names dealt so far……

The Royals landed  Johnny Cue to. An impressive addition to their staff images-19and no doubt one of the the premier  starters in the game today. Still, the unanswered question is how will he thrive in American League lineups stacked with  hitters top to bottom. We’ll see but it’s worth wondering about.

Troy Tulowiski…….another big name going to the Blue Jays….but what is images-21the added value of him over another pperennially injured player in Jose Reyes. Surely, it makes a splash in the hometown newspapers and talk radio……….and (cynically) maybe that’s the intent…..but beyond that……I don’t get it.

Basically, it boils down to this. Sellers (or at least they should be at this point in the season) like the Tigers and Padres should clean house as best they can to fortify the future………while buyers  beware the temptation to strike lightning in a bottle because…….well I challenge you………give me one or two examples of a player aquired now (in the past) who you can justify “made the difference” for the team that acquired him………

BITS AND PIECES………..THINGS TO PONDER

Can you imagine the conundrum of ridicule from Met fans and the the N.Y. media if the team played in the American League and they had to field a DH every day from their regular roster of .150 hitters………

How do you explain a Cy Young winner of last year owning a 3-9 record ththis year while his team is 3-13 in games he’s started……….Did Cory Kluber wake-up one morning and forget how to pitch…….not likely but you have to wonder

Don’t you get the feeling that the Giants are just playing with the Dodgers until September rolls around…….

Based on the proven record of his betting on baseball, Pete Rose should never th-2be allowed to have a formal association with Major League Baseball. But he should be elected to the numbers driven Hall Of Fame. His record of most career hits is not likely to be broken by another player in a era when high salaries negate the need to play the twenty years it would take to challenge this phenomenal stat.

Although I consider myself a fan of the Yankees, I have to admire the way Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles play baseball day in and day out.

If you are wondering where the Minnesota Twins came from this year, th-1look no further than the signing of Torri Hunter. Not only is he on target for 25 home runs and 90-100 RBI, he is also the go-to guy in the clubhouse. We might also be seeing a manager in training too……

Did you hear the Secret Service caught another man trying to scale the wall at the White House…….They had to tell him “I’m sorry Mr. President, you have another year and a half to go in your term”.

Phone lines are buzzing everywhere as we move towards the July 31 deadline.images-6 Who are the buyers and who are the sellers………Who is able to land the one or two guys that brings their team over the top. Who overpays and who robs the bank netting the under the radar player who makes it seem like a no-brainer to everyone else. Johnny Cueto isn’t that under the radar guy but he is certainly underrated. Someone needs to go get him……now!

And finally, Happy Birthday America!