Originally Posted by dfsI don't know what to say about this other than to say watching Jason LaRue behind the plate is almost as bad as watching WMP and Dunn in the outfield. Well, now that I think about it, yes, it is worse. There is hope that WMP will settle down and Dunn's problems certainly seemed to be attention related.
What I see when I watch Jason LaRue catch....
Jason LaRue doesn't set a target for his pitchers.
Jason LaRue doesn't frame the pitches well for the umpire.
Jason LaRue doesn't manage his pitchers on the field.
Jason LaRue doesn't throw particularly well anymore.
Jason LaRue waves his mit at anything in the dirt and the official scorer at GAB calls it a wild pitch. I swear I've seen balls bounce off Jason's chest protector called a wild pitch.
Watch for it and you'll see the same stuff. None of it is new. It's been going on since he came up. It seems impossible to me that 4 consecutive former catchers have managed Jason and nobody says boo about it. All that stuff looks small, but set it in the context of a team that can't get anybody out with K's or with the glove, and it looms huge.
Jason LaRue at the plate is an asset. He can hit for a catcher just fine, but Jason LaRue with the leather is part of the ongoing defensive/pitching problems that kill this roster as a major league team.
Jason LaRue is most certainly not under-rated.
sorry about that....back to your regularly scheduled web-board.
Yeah, I couldn't disagree with that post more.