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Thoughts That I Need To Let Go Of

I have a few thoughts in mind right now… one of them might turn into something, but it’s been a busy week, school is out, and this teacher has turned her brain OFF, so we’ll see…

No Colby, Albert's not laughing with you... he's laughing at your hair. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

-> Colby Rasmus needs a haircut. No excuses. No delays. Go straight to Hair Jail, Colby dear.

-> Brendan Ryan is currently batting .275 for the Mariners with 4 errors in 235 chances, while Ryan Theriot is batting .298 with 10 errors in 202 chances. You know, I know, everyone knows that we were in love with Brendo over here……… but (Erika don’t read the rest of this sentence) Brendan couldn’t do what he’s doing in Seattle in St. Louis. Okay, he could, he’s capable, but he wore out his welcome with his teammates and his manager. He could have stuck around this year, but I’m not sure it would have made a difference. I don’t particularly care for Ryan Theriot. I have made peace with this though, especially with his 15 game hitting streak and his not really being a dud in the field as of late. (I was born in the Show Me State after all… and I’m from the ‘what have you done for me lately?’ generation)

-> Yadi’s defense has been bothering me all year. He’s not making throws as crisply as he used to make them, and he hasn’t blocked some pitches that I feel like he should be blocking. It’s a concern. However, he’s batting .320 and has 24 RBI. I find it much harder to be concerned when I am be distracted by that fact. Truth.

-> I want to like Tyler Greene. I really do. I just can’t make myself do it. Even when he makes good plays or gets a key hit – my brain flashes to his dropped popups and things of that nature, and I just get irritated. Also, I really don’t like it when Allen Craig starts at second base and then gets subbed for in the later innings, especially by Greene. What are you subbing for – defense? He hasn’t made an error today. Offense? He has one of the best hitting lines on the team. Defense? He has zero errors. As friend of the site Bob Netherton pointed out on twitter yesterday – Craig is no longer a AAAA player. Subbing him out of the game is completely unnecessary.

-> Also, I like Craig at second. I really like him there, and I like him in the lineup on a consistent basis. Or Dirty Danny D at second – him too. With Holliday going on the DL, do you know who I want as the 4th outfielder behind Rasmus, Berkman, and Jay? Skip. Schumaker.

-> I’m concerned about the pitching staff at the moment. In the last six games, no pitcher has made it past six innings, and Lohse is the only one that did that. Westbrook’s last two starts were 5 2/3 and 5. Carpenter’s last one was 5. McClellan? 4. Jaime? 3 1/3. This is not a recipe for success. The reason the team was surviving the low-scoring games was the starting pitching going 7 or 8 innings every night. To top it off, Lance Lynn is starting tonight on three days rest. That makes me nervous. I will be seriously pulling for the kid, but I will also be very nervous.

-> Finally, I want to know how this stayed hidden from Erika and myself until yesterday. HOW LONG had this been out before we were made aware of it? (To see the full issue click here or the behind the scenes video here!)

June 2011 cover of Alive magazine... WOW. Holliday. Wow.

Cards are still playing the Giants? I’m ready for this series to be done!

Agree? Disagree? Think I’m a little off my rocker lately? Say so in the comments!

5 responses to “Thoughts That I Need To Let Go Of

  1. Cardinal70 June 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Lately?

    Good points all, save maybe the hair. That doesn’t bother me that much, though the attempt at facial hair for Colby was a bit on the weak side.

  2. Brent June 2, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Definitely off your rocker a bit ;) but no more school does that.

    Agree on most points, except the defensive subs for Craig playing 2nd (in theory). Subbing him for Dirty D or another good 2nd baseman and I’d be ok with it. He’s done good there, but hasn’t been exposed too much. He’s had trouble turning double plays. Subbing for Greene isn’t something I’m in favor of.

    I don’t get what everyone was so upset about Jaime for. Look at what the bullpen has been asked to do lately. Kind of surprised they didn’t make a couple bullpen call-ups yesterday and then bring Lynn and ??? up today. May not have been feasible as I don’t know exactly where Memphis was playing or if there were a reasonable person to call up.

  3. Mark at retrosimba June 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Angela: Enjoyed your sharp thoughts. Entertaining and wickedly dead-on accurate. As for the Colby haircut, we’re suggesting he consult with Kyle Lohse on how to get a Tony hairstyle, in the hope it will help Colby’s stock with the manager.

    • Angela W June 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Haha! Sorry I missed this comment Mark. Anything we can do to help Colby get into better graces with Tony is A-OK with me!

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