Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
A couple additional thoughts:
I have been saying for a long time that Stubbs was overrated defensively on this board, due mostly to the fact that he was playing tentatively out there. I see progress this year. His effort on Prado's bloop was impressive -- the best I've seen from him. My guess is that balls he can slide feet first for and catch on his glove slide (as happened last night) will be where we see this kind of effort. I do not see him diving headfirst or to his left much at all, if ever. But maybe he'll surprise me. Still, I'm encouraged by his improvement in this area.
Marshall had little last night. No fastball command. Heyward was sitting on that last curveball and just got under it. He was an eyelash from hitting that ball 450 feet and tying the game. Marshall got lucky there. Lesson: Marshall is not used to going back-to-back-to-back. He like, Chapman, is going to be vulnerable to overuse in the push-button bullpen management style employed by the manager. IMO, it is critical that someone get to Baker and convince him that he needs to get more from Hoover, Lecure and or Simon in late and close situations.
Games in which Leake excels on the mound and at the plate are among my very favorite ballgames in a season.
Note the well-pitched games of Bailey and Leake lately. Doesn't Mesoraco deserve some credit for those? And hasn't he earned a start here or there with one of the other guys? If anything, you have to get him more ABs to get him untracked at the plate. He can be a real weapon there when he gets hot.
First, I'd say he deserved a little luck, and that Heyward "just missed" the curveball the way it is usually "just missed"--catching the underside of the ball by overplaying the point of descent. And you could tell he had nothing from what, 5-6 pitches? That's impressive.