Tuesday Ramblings…

Some random, and admittedly highly amateurish, observations:

  • Congratulation to Edgar Renteria, the AL Player of the Week.  Take that, Captain Perfect!
  • A belated and warm welcome to John Olerud, a classy player who deepens the Sox.
  • A nice recovery from last week’s Toronto thrashing, Wade Miller looks to be an extremely intriguing member of the rotation, and the anti-Jaret (fast, cheap, and a modicum of control).  He shut down the Orioles tonight, giving up one run in 7 innings of work.  Watching the game, however, yielded some slightly uneasy feelings for me.  I haven’t looked at the statistics for the game, but the pitching always felt a bit tenuous to me, like Miller was about to lose all his command without warning.  He looks to have a nice mix of pitches, including a very tough curveball and enough heat to keep the batters on their toes.  At times, though, I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to throw another strike.  Perhaps it’s just the residual rustiness that comes with a return from a pretty serious injury, perhaps I was just seeing things.  I am very interested to watch Miller in the coming weeks – if this is the beginning of some consistent results from Miller than Theo made a brilliant signing.

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  • I felt the same way watching Miller tonight. Thought it was just me being the pessimist that I am. Pleasantly surprised thinking we would see a repeat of his last performance. 5-1 final I can take a deep breath.
    A very deep breath if the Royals hold on for another half inning. At this posting they are up 5-3 in the 8th.

    108stitches May 31, 2005, 10:56 pm
  • Agreed. While I watched the game from first to last, there were many times in the game I could tell Miller was having some problems. On one hand, I was worried about him getting into too much trouble, but then as soon as I started to fret, he worked his way out of it. It’s a good sign when he goes out there without his best stuff and is able to pitch well enough to keep that offense off base. I still think his fastball-curveball combo is rediculous – his fastball is mid 90’s consistently, and that cureveball drops off the table at 85. As long as he can use both pitches to set the other up, I think he’s going to contribute a ton.

    Brad-SF May 31, 2005, 11:11 pm
  • Yep, The lowly Royals win, however I will avoid a playful jab at my Yankee pals – but only for today. If Johnson gets beat around tomorrow the way he did last Friday, I’m sure I will not be so empathetic.

    Brad-SF May 31, 2005, 11:16 pm
  • Miller makes me nervous too. Sometimes he just seems to have no command of his pitches. For example, the time that Tek motioned that he wanted the ball up…and then had to jump to avoid it sailing over his head.

    Josh June 1, 2005, 12:20 am
  • Well, Tek did say he wanted it up, and he got it up! :) I really do think that Miller is in a sort of extended spring training, still working things out. The kid has a strong head on his shoulders though, and he is good at working his way out of trouble.

    Steve M June 1, 2005, 8:01 am

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