Admittedly, these random thoughts may be impaired by minimal sleep and maximum frustration after staying up the past 2 nights to watch every pitch.
- I'm 36, so I was at my sports-obsession peak during the "glory years" in the early 90s, and I always thought the many platoons employed by Leyland were ideal, from C Spanky/Sluggo to 3B Backman/King to 1B Merced/Redus. I don't understand why the current regime seems so opposed to true-platoons, especially given Pedro's current plight. Last night's abysmal showing v journeyman Capuano should relegate Pedro to full-time platoon status going forward, until he strings together some extended success v. just the righties he should be facing. I get that Matt Hague isn't a lock to a successful corner-player in the majors, but the guy seems to be a professional hitter who deserves all of Pedro's ABs v lefties, if only to protect Pedro's fragile confidence.
- Speaking of Hague - I know the saber-metrics guys and the worry too much about his age guys are pretty convinced he's destined for mediocrity at best, but I was wondering if anybody could track down his metrics for what I believe is the only true measurable that matters for a hitter - line drive percentage. I bet it's pretty high, but I could be wrong.
- Speaking of line drive percentage, the "luck factor" in baseball never gets discussed enough. In the first inning, the Dodgers fist and poke a buncha balls into open spaces to jump out 3-zip, and then Hague absolutely obliterates a ball in the 7th that would have probably given the Pirates a win had it been hit anywhere but directly at Kemp.
- I know it's still VERY early, but I have a bad feeling that someday we will be discussing Barmes, Barajas and McLouth in the same breath as Crosby and Diaz and Overbay and Vazquez and Church.
- Is it too crazy to make the top 3 in the order Pressley, Cutch and McGehee, just to take advantage of getting those 3 as many at bats as possible?
- On the bright side - the bullpen mix looks pretty electric through the first week. other than Meek, who clearly needs to be sent down until he adds a few MPH to his fastball, the rest of the pen looks lights-out. And the best part is all of them seem to have swing-and-miss stuff. I'd send Meek down today and bring up Moskos so Hurdle has an extra lefty at his disposal.