Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
You'll never pitch another big league game like the one you threw tonight.
Soak it in and enjoy it. You done good.
Bitter Belth in the Bronx
where Chen had a no-hitter going into the sixth. A couple weeks later, he threw a complete game five-hitter against Toronto.
Chen is 27 now, and I think he may have turned a corner. Not that I'd expect him to be this good consistently, but I think he's capable of having more games like this.
I feel good about Pavano, but I fear that Rodriguez's performance (just 6 of 16 pitches for strikes, no outs) will lock him up in Torre's dog house despite his performing well in his previous four appearances (4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K - leading the pen in WHIP and ERA prior to last night). With the off-day Tuesday, Felix hadn't pitched in three days, which could be used as an excuse for his excessive wildness. Elsewhere in the doghouse: Paul Quantrill, who hadn't pitched in four days, pitched a solid eighth in just his third appearance of the season. Steve Karsay, who has only appeared twice this year, hasn't seen action since Sunday.
The less said about the offense being four-hit by Chen the better. Though it is worth noting that last night was just the second complete game of Chen's career (in 70 starts), the other coming last September (9 IP 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K vs. Toronto). Could it be that Ray Miller and the Orioles have done something eight other organizations couldn't with Chen?
And Ken, you may be right too. I was just talking out of frustration.
As least within the past few years, Mel's approach - whatever it is - simply has not worked. The only pitcher I can think of who has actually improved since coming into pinstripes is Sturtz, who concedes that his improvement is due mostly to the tutelage of Gordon and Rivera.
Someone talk me off of this ledge....
That said, they are not beyond criticism. But let's not lose our heads. I mean, if Mussina performed better and Sturtze and Gordon did their jobs today, there would be no issue. The players failed the team, and have been failing the team, not Torre batting Flaherty instead of Phillips.
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