Fire Jim Tracy

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Tonight's Game

I'll take two seconds from furiously trying to figure out this blogging stuff to give a quick FJT review of tonight's game. Weaver is not the pitcher he was last year. Struck out seven -- yeah, four were Cristian Guzman and the pitcher. Not terribly impressed. He did avoid walking anyone, but all in all, a fair game but nothing to write home about. Tracy finally got a pitching change right, pulling Weaver as soon as he walked the first batter in the seventh, though his decision was complicated by Duaner Sanchez pitching like he missed Buddy Carlyle. But a combination of Cristian Guzman and Kelly Wunsch got us out of the jam. Well done.

Then Tracy went and almost threw it all away in the eighth, as Carrara put two men on with two men out, then went deep into the count with Brian Schneider. As Carrara labored mightily, and the count went full, the dugout showed Jim Colborn rushing to the phone. I mean, if you're going to the phone at that point...you're too late. Apparently D.J. Houlton had been warming "earlier" according to Vin Scully, so everything was under control. Schneider swung at an off-speed pitch up around his eyes on 3-2 and killed the rally, saving Tracy in the process.

2 Comments:

  • Hi. Great site. Not sure what you mean when you say Weaver isn't the pitcher he once was. What was he once? Certainly never Greg Maddux or Roger Clemens, or... you get it. He's always been pretty mediocre, it's just that so-called experts have long predicted his stuff was so good he'd eventually rise above mediocrity. Last year he was something like 13-13 with no complete games and a 4.00 ERA. Is that not mediocre? He was terrible in April of 2004, if you recall, and eventually turned it around to become a stable innings eater, champion of that stupid stat called the 'quality start' (which says a pitcher with a 4.50 ERA is better than most). He actually pitched 2 great games so far this year, so in a way, he's ahead of schedule. If we need to worry about a SP right now, it's gotta be Erickson. We can all stick a fork in his ass, because he's DONE.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 01:24:00 PM  

  • and don't pin that mistake on Guzman. I thought Vin did a great job in emphasizing Schneider's unwillingness to score on that play as being the true blunder. Whatever, thanks anyway for the gift, Nats.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 01:42:00 PM  

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