Ok, less than half joking now about the bench switcheroo above.
Scales apparently can play SS, and therefore pretty much makes him the EXACT guy I wanted to sign in the offseason instead of Cedeno (for all those who bust my balls on Jack Wilson, check the thread for that: I wanted whoever the best AAA vet with offensive upside who could play SS was). He plays other positions as well, switch hits so helps balance out the bench better than it is now, and offers speed too.
Lutz is the corners RHB we all have agreed the bench lacks. He brings a high OBP/high power approach that is preferable to the high avg/empty OBP/negligible pop approach of JT. I love you JT, but your value as a bench player is severely diminished if your not the primary middle infield backup, and apparently this group does not see you as such. You are miscast as a RH-corners guy, which is pretty much the role Lutz was born for.
It really suddenly changes the whole complexion of the bench. If Tejada ever went down for a longer period of time, doubtful Scales could fill in full-time, but are we really that much worse off with an Omar Quintanilla call-up than a Ronny Cedeno full-time gig? Don't think so, and if thats the biggest risk here, I'll take it.
The biggest impediment to my plan above is that it would likely result in Lutz getting just 5-8 ABs/week, max. And as a guy who is still something of a quasi-prospect, you'd like to get him more, I would imagine. Still, Ike is probably going to get rested more than we would like if Turner is the primary alternative, and it probably makes sense with his recent past (especially if you're thinking of sinking another 100m into him) to get Wright more rest than the usual 3 or 4 games per year he gets. Anyway, that'd be my biggest hesitation.
And obviously its all irrelevant as it will never happen. So I'll cut it off there.
Rhiner Cruz SHOULD HAVE just got out of a bases-loaded, no out jam with a 1 run lead that he was brought into but a squeeze on a 3-2 pitch to Jayson Werth changes that.
Had Werth K'ed on a 3-2 fastball, called a ball, walks in a run, then the groundout from Ankiel to the 2B that either could have been just the 2nd out or a 4-6-3 turns into a 4-2, and then Ramos hits what should have been the final out, if at all, to the CFer that turned into a sac fly. Got the next guy too.
Oh well - but still another fairly impressive outing from him.
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This was a really fun prospect-y pitching matchup with Zack Wheeler matched up against Deck McGuire for the Blue Jays affiliate. Both were really good. McGuire, who’s more finesse than power, held the B-Mets to one hit and three walks in 6.2 innings. But readers probably (definitely?) care more about Zack Wheeler. And he was really good: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 7 ground ball outs/2 air outs. One of the air outs was a fly-ball to Juan Lagares in right, and the other a pop-out to third. One nit: he threw, if the double-A game tracker is correct 59% of his pitches (49-of-82) for strikes. MLB average is 62%.
I mentioned this last night but it's almost more exciting that Wheeler has been so good yet still clearly has a lot of work to do with his command. It's already come a long way in a short time. ZW 4 Prez
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