Thursday, July 24, 2008

Frustration, bullpen is thy name

Well, the starting pitching was pretty decent against the Brew Crew, and yeah, we got dominated by Sabathia, but we had a chance to win the other three games. The bullpen took the collar in all three. Overall the bullpen gave up 8 runs (one unearned) in only 13 innings of work in this series. Franklin was the culprit tonight, but I have a hard time blaming him because he is being asked to pitch in an unfamiliar role (closer) and is often being stretched past the usual one inning of work (like tonight) because everyone else is so unreliable. When is management going to fix this glaringly obvious problem? Do they not care that we have a chance to make the playoffs this year? Well, that chance took a big hit in these last four games, so it may already be too late. Not just four losses, but four to one of our biggest competitors. I've heard we are interested in both Sherrel from Baltimore and Fuentes from Colorado. Get one of them, and get them as soon as possible. It's a pretty simple solution to a big problem. One item of note is that although I've heard Rasmus has been talked about (surprisingly) in possible deals, he is now hurt, which may temper enthusiasm for him. I think that's good. I don't believe we should totally sell our future to win now, I just think we can get someone to help the pen without doing that. I'm not talking about trying to get K-Rod or Mariano afterall. Well, I'm extremely depressed and disappointed after this series, and we have to go play the red-hot Mets in New York next. Yikes.


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