Chan Ho Park (6-1, 5.09) A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.03)
Today presents another example of what's wrong with win - loss records for pitchers. Chan Ho Park enters tonight's game with a sparkling 6-1 mark. Wow. Impressive. He also has a 5.09 ERA. That is not very impressive. Maybe Chan Ho will give some of his wins to A.J. as a goodwill gesture.
Speaking of A.J., I'm pretty sure that today is Leiter's normal spot in the rotation. Maybe Alois is finally doing the right thing and stepping aside. As more details emerge, I'll share them, but if you find them first, let everyone know.
Will we hear Buck Showalter exclaim, "that's the Ho we paid for" after tonight's game, or will he lament, "unfortunately, we didn't get the Ho we wanted tonight"? I'm hoping for the latter.
Enough of that. I've avoided the real issue for long enough. From today's Palm Beach Post:
This is not good. Five players speaking to the media anonymously like this is probably enough to convince me not to make the 20-mile drive to JRS tonight. Such statements also probably tell me that Jack's hold on his job may be a little more tenuous than I previously suspected.
This part of the article is disturbing:
McKeon is known for forgetting players' names ? as part of a running joke, McKeon and Jeff Conine intentionally greet each other with different names ? but Perisho was insulted.
"I pitched in 90 games for him," Perisho said, "and you can't even look me in the eyes and call me by my name?"
Sometimes Jack's inability to recall names is cute or funny. When it happens as you're preparing to dismiss a player from your club, it's not cute or funny. The manager of a Major League baseball team should be expected to learn and remember his players' names.
For ichthyomancy, I'm taking Delgado and 23,356 for attendance, including 74 people who wash into the stadium aboard a boat.
Double B - Burnett
Carolina - Conine and 21,368 (Conine! Conine? Does she know something the rest of us don't?)
Make your picks and discuss...