The rubber match of this series won’t be played until August due to a postponed game from Wednesday but I figured I’d post a quick recap anyway. While the pitching in general has quietly put together a very nice stretch in recent games, the offense continues to struggle in scratching out a split in the two games that were played in the series. After a leadoff homer from Carpenter on Tuesday, the bats went quietly into the night as Genesis Cabrera made his second major league start. Even Wacha put together a couple of scoreless frames. On Thursday, Dakota Hudson continued to stake his claim as perhaps the current most reliable starter in the rotation. He also serves as a reminder that sometimes staying the course can pay off as many, including yours truly, had him penciled out of the rotation and back into the bullpen. Paul DeJong supplied the big go ahead two run homer and hopefully that can propel him out of the major funk he had been in of late. On to the notes:
- I’ll be accused of hating on Wong, but I’ve been seeing all of these “give Wong the Gold Glove now” type of tweets and reactions. To anyone who pays attention, the gold glove is not given in most cases to the top defender, at least a respectable offensive profile is usually part of the consideration. Marcell Ozuna won a gold glove. So if someone wants to say he is the top defensive 2B, I’m on board, but go back and look to see how many gold gloves have been giving out through the years to guys hovering around .220/.230 with only moderate power numbers.
- Its interesting how Jose Martinez has been buried in recent days. To me, you either run him out there everyday and deal with the bad defense, or look to package him to the AL for perhaps a needed bullpen piece or part of a larger package. Personally, I would just play him and look to protect yourself with defensive switches late in a game you are leading. Having him as a bench bat is nice, but it seems like a wasted commodity that could be used to bolster your team in other ways. And do you just continue this little dance for 2-3 more years with him where you regularly sit one of your best hitters because he’s a liability anywhere he plays defensively?
- What if John Gant is a #2 level starter? Hear me out, I understand that part of his success could very well be that he can max out for short stretches out of the bullpen and only face a batter once, etc. But Gant is relatively young in experience and what if he is just a young pitcher figuring it all out and entering the prime of his career? Is it a poor allocation to have him in the bullpen when the rotation has seen its struggles? I would not mess with it this year but Gant would be in my rotation plans for 2020.