The Mockingbird

Grace, too.

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    Well, instead of trying to say anything constructive about last game, (Zambrano threw almost as many strikes as balls? Towers made his demotion seem a lot more plausible? Our offence managed to put a lot of runners on base? Marcum got one of the best hitters in the league to ground the ball weakly?) here’s a funny picture of Adam Lind making a rather nice catch at the wall.

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Of course he’s about 10 feet from the wall, and a foot and a half off the ground, but he got it! So far he doesn’t look comfortable out there, but he has been running down balls as fast as his slowness will take him (including another nice backhand over the head last night). It may be a circus out there, but he hasn’t made an error since 2005!

At the plate, it’s interesting to see the league probing for weaknesses and him making the necessary adjustments. In the first couple of weeks, he was chasing the high fastball with two strikes and fanning at an alarming rate. As soon as he stopped doing that, pitchers found another nemesis with which to punch him out- something with late break on it low and away. Maybe once he’s figured that one out they will be all out of ideas? No?

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May 3, 2007 at 7:43 pm

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  1. Rios, although not as bad, was pretty shaky when he first played right.
    Come to think of it, he’s still shaky.

    hroman

    May 4, 2007 at 2:05 pm

  2. True, in Lind’s defence. Both Rios and Wells have made a couple gruesome errors this season. Including one by Rios a couple nights ago that was a game changer.

    Of course, Stairs has also resorted to making mad diving catches – for some reason I’m getting the impression that he’s more comfortable in Right.

    Dan

    May 4, 2007 at 2:09 pm

  3. And speak of the devil – there goes Rios again. Wow, he’s off to a pretty terrible start for the guy we’d penned in to replace Vernon before he got his cauldron of gold.

    Dan

    May 5, 2007 at 10:21 pm

  4. Has that ever happened in baseball before?? I can see downplaying it or whatever, but a flat-out lie that the player is in on? Kind of bizarre.

    People always talk about Rios’ great defence, and I’m pretty sure they mean his arm. He’s kinda fast, but has never really been impressive ranging into the corner or the gaps. I was shocked the other night when he clanked that ball in centre, and then side-armed it back into the infield- if he had gunned it to the cutoff man that play on Barfield at the plate was not close.

    Jon (me)

    May 7, 2007 at 4:40 pm

  5. For all the good JP does as a General Manager, he always – several times a year – leaves you scratching your head.

    hroman

    May 7, 2007 at 4:52 pm


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