Friday, March 11, 2005

Good news from today's 8-7 win over the Braves:

Jason Lane had 2 HR's and 5 RBI's.
Brad Lidge and Chad Qualls pitched well.
We won a game.

Bad news:

Craig Biggio started at 2nd base. Again.
Roy Oswalt struggled a bit, but honestly, he's proven himself enough, and he still had 4 K's / 3 innings.
Adam Everett batted 2nd again, basically assuring us (if our Opening Day Lineup starts off with Biggio / Everett) of 2 of our worst OBP's at the top of the lineup. I'm resigned to Biggio, but I'd much rather see Ensberg or Burke bat 2nd.
Russ Springer gave up 4 hits and 3 runs in 1 inning.

Honestly, it seems like a bad dream to me that we are considering all of the following guys to help our bullpen (ages on right):

Dave Burba 38
Russ Springer 36
John Franco 44
Turk Wendell 37

I mean, DAMN. Seriously, why not give a prospect a chance over has-beens? If Qualls / Harville / Wheeler / Astacio don't make the team over some of those guys, we suck.


Andres said...

Why are you so negative about Biggio starting at 2nd during the spring? I hope as much as everyone else that Burke starts there 90 percent of the time, but we should have a backup option in case Burke absolutely can't handle big league pitchers. And despite his sub-par defense, Biggio still gives us a damn good bat for a middle infielder.

As far as those pithcers go, I think only John Franco's is a guaranteed major league contract. Burba and Wendell can (and should) go to the minors.

Andres said...


Anonymous said...

Springers runs were all due to Lane being unable to field 2 balls that inning. Easy fly balls that he lost in the sun/wind.

Anonymous said...

agree 100% about all the washed up geezers needing to go.

agree that burke should start over biggio unless he PROVES he can't hit. i don't know if biggio can even play second anymore, and with all the lousy gloves in the outfield already, we need to have some gloves in the infield...

lisa gray