Re: Comfortable with Claussen?
I had hoped Claussen would have taken that mysterious "next step" this year. Herrang seems to have taken it, but Claussen hasn't. He may even have taken a step backwards. His controll this year seems to be a real issue for him (that is my perception, I haven't looked at any stats). It seems like he is going deep in the count and getting behind in the count frequently. He's been able to get away with it some nights (once against the Marlins his pitching line was good but all night he was 3-2, 2-2, 3-1) while other nights it has cost him.
He get's himself in a hole then the batter gets the better of him. Or he just doesn't locate his pitch and it becomes a long-ball. Or he is able to pull off decent numbers but is out of the game by the 5th. With the state of our bullpen this year, that's not something you want to see happen often.
I think he can be great, but he needs to figure out his controll issues or he'll continue to be "roller coaster man".
Herrang and Aurroyo are fine. Solid guys that you can count on. Occasonal tough games, but they are "thinking pitchers" and battle through, even when they don't have there best stuff.
I like the Lizzard. It's too early to tell but it does seem to have pulled himself together this year (unlike last year where he showed signs of promise then impoded). If he is pitching like this to the AS break and beyond then we may have found a good #3/#4 guy. I think him being successfull is one of the key's to the success of the staff.
Milton is the other Key. Lifetime he's nothing but decent. 2005 - the numbers make you want to barf. I like his work ethic and that he goes out night after night without complaint or excuse...but that doesn't win you any games. He put up 2 strong outings (I saw one at GABP and he was fooling the batters all night long) but that's a very small sampling. He showed signs of life last year too. If he can put up decent numbers, and keep us in games most of the time, and make it beyond the 5th with regularlity, we'll be fine. If he regesses into 2005 Milton we are in a heap of big doo doo. Then BC and The Kriv will have be on the phones to anybody and everybody trying to move him because they don't want to eat the contract I refer to as "DanO's shame".
Wilson...he's dissapeared. My guess is he's done. Don't know about his contract...will be be eating it?
Who's that other broken down guy DanO brought to town. Grant Balfour or something? He's the guy that was so injured that it would be until after the AS break before he could pitch. It's a long shot but maybe he could be a middle reliever type once he returns? I don't know squat about him and haven't taken the time to look. May have to do that later today.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate