Quick thoughts on a lot of baseball topics from the last several days…
* No, I don’t have any more idea than you do as to why the 923 combined Gold Gloves of Scott Rolen and Andruw Jones weren’t in the game in the final innings as the NL tried to protect a one-run lead. I did like seeing some of the starters play 6-7 innings, because I think that’s the best thing you can do to give some spark to the game. It feels less like a little league game when guys are staying in for more than an inning or three. But still, you’ve got to play to win, and those guys need to be in there.
* I like the move the Astros made, but I don’t love it. Aubrey Huff is a nice player, but with a recent hot streak he’s still only a pretty good option as an outfield corner. He’s not the same player as the guy who hit 34 HRs and slugged .555 three years ago, and I like both prospects the Astros gave up, as far as I can tell. But with that said, Huff is a decent bat, and he’s left-handed — both of which are qualities that help the Astros.
* I have no idea, however, what the Reds are thinking. Unless they’re convinced that Gary Majewski and Bill Bray will be Nelson and Stanton circa 1997, they gave up wayyy too much to get two relievers. As always, Larry Borowsky had an intriguing take on the deal, pointing out the significant upgrades at two areas of weakness for the Redlegs. And I don’t disagree. But it’s just hard to imagine they couldn’t have gotten more for two guys like Lopez and Kearns.
Currently playing on the iPod: Wholesale Meats and Fish, by Letters to Cleo.