Re: My opinion on things
Wojo, you make some fair points. I was at the game last night, and the place was just dead. Not much life in the team, and even less in the stands. I saw the attendance was 22,000, but I'll eat my hat if there were that many people there. There were less than 10,000 prior to the opening pitch, and maybe 15,000 there, tops. And it really was not that hot.
Tough to gauge pitching from section 526, other than changing speeds, but both teams were upset with the home plate umpiring. I think he was very inconsistent from pitch to pitch. Penny was consistently hitting 96 mph on his fastball. EZ had one bad inning, when the Dodgers hit one absolute rocket after another. Still tipping? IDK?
I've seen many on this forum refer (fairly) to Felipe Lopez and his brain cramps. Well, Ryan Freel has just as many of them. It just seems a lot of times as if his head is not in the game, and that he loses focus, especially on the basepaths, which seems odd, as he is such a good baserunner. He took the bat right out of Dunn's hands in a crucial situation with the pickoff. He needs to sharpen his focus. His defense in RF is outstanding, though, IMHO.
I did not notice any balls to the outfield that should have been caught last night that were not. The gappers, and the one hit directly over Junior's head were tracers, especially the double by Ethier.
Phillips range at 2B is astounding. He caught a ball in RF last night- I don't mean in front of RF, it was in medium RF. BUT, he made a poor throw that came directly from poor mechanics- he gets to the ball so fast, but often chooses to backhand the ball rather than getting his feet set first to throw- in this case it resulted in an off balance throw- it looked as if Hatte tagged the runner out, but he was called safe and there was no argument, so I guess Hatte did not tag him.
My 11 yo daughter was rooting for Clayton, and she mentioned a home run. I laughed and pointed out to her that he had not hit one all year- just look at the scoreboard. He hits the next pitch out. Who'd a thunk it?