- Chris Rusin got his first win in the Majors. Don’t take it that I think pitcher wins mean anything, because they don’t, but that got me thinking about two things. First, when you get your first hit in your career, you tend to keep the ball. Same goes for your first or milestone home runs. What do pitchers do? Do they just keep the ball that they made the last out with? Do they keep the last ball they threw each game, not knowing if this will be the one they get their win on? I’m not sure. Second, aside from clunker start # 2, Rusin really hasn’t pitched all that poorly. Three of his four starts he’s gone five innings, and while I know five innings isn’t great, and has limited the damage to one or two earned runs. I’ll take that for a back of the rotation guy.
- The attendance listed in the box score is just 26,946. I wonder if that makes ownership worried at all. This is why teams like the Cubs and the Yankees and the Red Sox and Dodgers simply don’t do a complete rebuild, but rather reload. The fans don’t want to watch players develop. They want to watch a winning team.
- There were entirely way too many pitchers used in this game. A total of 14 pitchers threw a total of 17 innings in the game. That’s pathetic and it’s the main reason I tend to tune out non-relevant September baseball. The fact that the rosters expand to as many as 40 players is just ignorant. I plan to address the situation more in my Monday post, but until then know that I hate September baseball.
- Brett Jackson expressed the other day that he had plans for a big 2013. I wonder if he expects those plans to come in AAA or in the Majors. If it’s the Majors, I’m afraid he may be disappointed. When you strike out 35% of the time you come to the plate, you’re not ready. On the positive side, I do enjoy watching him play center field.