<$BlogRSDURL$>

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

HOLD ON
Okay, everyone wants to remove Frankie from the closer role. I think it's nuts.

Sure, he's struggled of late. His mechanics are a mess right now. But he's still our best reliever, and we all know that.

And, honestly, what are the alternatives? Stephen Smith alleges Kevin Gregg, which to me comes out of too much what-have-you-done-for-me-lately. Rob looks forward to Kelvim Escobar seizing the role. That, at least, is understandable, as Kelvim can, you know, pitch.

But let's sit back a minute and look at the situation calmly. A reliever's, and particularly a closer's, struggles are always exaggerated by virtue of the facts that they come in important situations and often cost the team the game, and also that bad outings happen one inning at a time.

It's not uncommon for a starter to give up two or even three runs in the first inning, but then settle down and pitch a good game. A closer that gives up two or three runs in his one inning has failed, and everyone has seen it, and a W has magically turned into an L because of it.

In a perfect world, one could say, "This guy's struggling with his mechanics, we should move him out of high-leverage situations until he figures it out." But in a world full of egos, high salaries, and the save statistic, that doesn't work out so well in practice. Another complicating factor is the degree to which every relief pitcher, even the good ones, are volatile -- any good reliever can get lit up on any given night.

As such, and given that he's shown the ability to bounce back from bad outings before, I don't think Frankie can or should be moved out of the closer's role at this time. Obviously, he needs to iron out his mechanices; I'm not just sitting here whistling "Everything's fine" and pretending there's no problem. And I don't know Frankie's personality; maybe the threat of demotion would help motivate him, I don't know.

Another thing about last night: Frankie was pitching for the third day in a row. Pitching him three days in a row is a startingly bad idea. Here are his third-consecutive-day games this season:
Date  Opp   IP   H   R   ER   SO   BB   Dec
4/22 Oak 1.0 3 2 2 2 0 BS,L
7/23 NYY 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 SV
7/30 NYY 1.0 1 3 3 2 4 BS,L
8/16 Tor 0.3 2 2 2 0 2 BS,L
TOTAL 3.3 6 7 7 5 6 0-3, 1 SV, 3 BS
He only had one third-day appearance that went well. If you remove all of these appearances from his season, all of a sudden his ERA drops from 2.91 to 1.67; seven of the fifteen runs he's allowed this season have been in third-day appearances!

Last night's appearance resembled strongly his meltdown in New York on July 30. I allege that fatigue messes with his mechanics, and then he tries to throw the ball 150 mph to compensate and further messes with his mechanics. When he can't get the fastball over, there's no reason for anyone to swing at the slider.

I think his "problems," such as they are, are correctible with coaching and proper usage. I have every confidence in Bud Black's coaching ability; hopefully the bullpen will stabilize so that we don't need to try to push Frankie into more third-day appearances, which are murder on him and the team.

Comments:
Except that, they're not correctable. Frankie refused coaching in the minors; that was why he ended up a reliever.
 
But there's an obvious difference between how he looks when he's on and when he's off. Their might be something to getting him to focus better when he's clearly tired -- and also to limit as much possible trying to overextend him, as it clearly hasn't worked.
 
視訊做愛視訊美女無碼A片情色影劇aa免費看貓咪論壇彩虹性愛巴士金瓶梅影片交流yam視訊交友xxx383美女寫真kyo成人動漫tt1069同志交友網ut同志交友網微風成人論壇6k聊天室日本 avdvd 介紹免費觀賞UT視訊美女交友自拍密錄館sex888情人輔助品哈啦聊天室豆豆出租名模情人視訊視訊交友網視訊交友90739影片 圖片av168成人日本A片免費下載 金瓶梅影片交流免費A片下載85cc免費影城85cc日本a片情色a片無碼女優 免費色情電影同志聊天室38ga成人無碼a片小魔女免費影片玩美女人影音秀台灣18成人網18禁成人網聊天室ut歐美嘟嘟情人色網影片18禁地少女遊戲a383禁地論壇成人影城18禁av影片無碼線上LIVE免費成人影片sex女優松島楓免費影片咆哮小老鼠論壇色咪咪情色網 視訊熱舞秀ut台中聊天室貓貓論壇豆豆情色風暴視訊xxx383美女寫真? 線上漫畫免費線上a片無碼dvdxvediox日本美女寫真集免費成人電影小魔女自拍天堂av1688影音娛樂網0204movie免費影片咆哮小老鼠論壇85cc免費影城85ccfoxy免費音樂下載免費視訊免費影片成人影城免費a網 免費視訊辣妹彩虹頻道免費短片av1688天使娛樂網辣妹妹影音視訊聊天室視訊網愛聊天室後宮電影電影院蜜雪兒免費小說洪爺情色論壇sexy girl video movie視訊交友90739無碼dvd維納斯成人用品辣妹貼圖a片天堂月光論壇sexy girls get fucked中國性愛城sex520-卡通影片383movie成人影城ut正妹 聊天室倉井空免費a影片伊莉論壇tw 18 net18禁成人網免費性愛影片影音視訊聊天室av168成人視訊交友視訊美女視訊交友
 
Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?