So, in Game One of the 2010 World Series, two Cy Young Winners faced off in what figured to be a classic pitcher duel. But of course, the game ends up being the second highest-scoring game one in World Series History. Nobody, but nobody saw that coming, and if you had taken the “over” on runs scored, you would have sent to a mental institution posthaste. Who the heck can predict anything? The fact of the matter is that the Giants scored 30 more runs than the horrid 2010 Dodgers. That’s an average of .186 more runs a game.
Let me ask you this: As both teams are now configured, would you trade the Giants starting eight for the Dodgers starting 8? Hint: You think Casey Blake is awful – the Kung Fat Panda wasn’t far behind: .268 (.323 OB%) 13 HR 63 RBI. Blake was .248 (.320 OB%) 17 HR 64 RBI – he was so bad that Uribe started at 3B. Now, Buster Posey is currently the second best catcher is all of baseball and he is a horse, but would you trade Loney, Kemp, Ethier, Furcal, Martin, Theriot, Robinson and Blake, for Torres, Sanchez, Posey, Burrell, Ross, Huff, Uribe and Renetria? All of those guys are in their thirties, except for Posey. Would you make the deal?
CLIFF LEE’S SECRET
Forget about Lee’s bad outing last night – he’ll be fine. In 2010, Cliff Lee walked just 18 batters in 212 innings. What an amazing stat! The secret of pitching like Cliff Lee is to have good stuff, throw the first pitch for a strike and continually adjust so that the hitters never know what is coming.
It wasn’t always like that. Did you know that Cliff Lee once had control issues? In 2004, at age 25 Cliff Lee walked 81 batter in 179 innings.
In 2010, at age 22, Clayton Kershaw walked 81 batters in 204 innings. I think that gives us all a lot of hope, doesn’t it?
BRIAN WILSON VS. JON BROXTON
If J-Brox could throw a backdoor slurve or whatever that was to Ryan Howard, he would be awesome. Wilson has an awful beard, but he has a lot of ”intestinal fortitude” to throw such a pitch in that situation. Some say it’s Broxton’s lack of a particular pitch – maybe! I happen to believe it’s just a lack of intestinal fortitude. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
It’s nice to see IDJ2 doing well in the AFL. It will be interesting to see if he can win the 2B job next year. Hopefully, Theriot will be non-tendered.