I've had a rough night and I hate the … Eagles, man!
Discombobulated notes and thoughts from a long day of ball and draft. And big, big ups to Lee Hurwitz, who pinch-hit on draft stuff at the last moment when we learned it would be a doubleheader today.
M’s reads on the draft:
* I liked the Wallace pick, because I believe he is a legitimate, big-time bat. And even if he doesn’t cut it at 3B, and even if he’s ready for the show while Pujols is still around, is it really the end of the world to have a tradeable big-time bat?
* I was much less crazy about the sandwich pick, not because there was anything wrong with Michael Lynn, but because philosophically I like higher-risk players with sandwich picks. It’s sort of like playing with house money. You get a bonus pick, use it on a high-upside guy. This fellow seems much more like a low-risk, low-reward type.
* The guy who intrigues me most other than Wallace is Scott Gorgen, who according to the reports has everything but a body that looks like a pitcher. There just sound like there are no negatives with him except that he doesn’t have the prototype body.
* Nationals Park is, well, it’s fine. It’s a huge upgrade from RFK, and it’s a very nice looking park on the outside. From the inside, there’s nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t really stand out. I put it on a tier with Cincinnati, rather than the really terrific new parks like San Francisco, Pittsburgh or even San Diego and Philly.
* You have to figure that they will make a move before Friday’s game. The most likely scenario seems to be optioning Mike Parisi with a reliever coming up. The next time through the rotation, that spot will be skipped anyway, thanks to the off day.
* I don’t really know what there is to add to the late game tonight. Truly a remarkable game, with so much that went into it. As for the early game, i was puzzled by pulling Wellemeyer, but obviously the pinch-hitter worked out well. I do think that by getting him out so early, they put themselves in a position in the late game where they had to stick with a couple of pitchers longer than they would ideally like to. Then again, staying with those pitchers worked out, to the tune of five RBIs. Funny game sometimes, and just another piece of evidence that you really should evaluate based on the decision rather than the outcome.
Your faithful correspondent will be off for a good while, recharging while the club is on the road. I’ll be back in a week and a half, ready to kick it in high gear for quite a long while.