April 07, 2005

'Fly balls carry' is last night's lesson

Center fielder Kenny Lofton appeared out of position on three deep flyballs and the bullpen struggles to hold the lead for Brett Myers in a 7-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. Brad Wilkerson also hit for the cycle, including a triple and double over the head of Lofton.

Here are some other notes from last night’s game:

Brett Myers looked sharp. He’s added a cut fastball to his arsenal, and was having good success with it against lefthanders, coming in on their hands.

Kenny Lofton needs time to figure out this park and know when not to underplay balls in center. He did it three times yesterday. Every ball hit to the outfield yesterday sailed.

Chase Utley looked sharp at second, backtracking on one grounder and hooking it over to Thome. He was also involved in one of the sweetest double plays I've ever seen, basket-catching a flip from J-Roll. Utley also called off Thome on a couple of pop-ups.

Pat Burrell is red hot right now. He belted a 2-run homer off Zach Day to lead a 3-run rally in the 6th. Until that inning, Day was pitching well. Mike at Citizen's Blog points out Burrell is slugging 1.429 after two games. So far, Mike is up 2-0 on me because, a), Burrell is off to a hot start, and b), the Mets have started the season 0-2.

Tim Worrell didn’t have it together in Clearwater, allowing four homers in nine games, and blew the lead last night, but I’m confident he’ll scrape off the rust and settle in. The home run he surrendered to Jose Guillen in the 8th wouldn’t have been a home run in many other parks. There was also no wind yesterday, revealing just how much balls carry at CBP.


At 9:28 AM, Anonymous enrico said...

I agree with a lot of what you said. Good points about Lofton learning the Ball Park, I hadn't thought of that. But I have my doubts about Worrell. You said you are confident he will get back to form, but what can you base that on?

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Well, Worrell is a veteran guy who didn't pitch all that much this spring. And he's a location guy the last two, three years. It's going to take him a couple outings to regain command of his pitches and work on keeping them down. Last night, he didn't keep them down.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Tom G said...

In terms of Lofton, do you think he needs to adjust to the park or adjust for the fact that he can't play shallow anymore and still manage to get back like he did when he was younger and had two good hammies?

OR, do you think it was bad scouting and they had him playing too shallow?

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Good question Tom.

Maybe both. It's a safe guess the speed of the game has changed for Lofton. I didn't see him much last year, but that's what people are saying over at Mike's.

Maybe they had him shallow intentionally, but I wouldn't know why...

I think the way balls were flying yesterday, it caught some people of guard, especially Lofton.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger el123chico said...

i think worrell stinks. and that at least jose guillen is on one of my fatnasy teams.


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