Weiss Fails to Follow Baseball 101

Baseball 101:  Look at the other team’s lineup and circle the one name whom you do not want to get beat by; make somebody else beat you.

First inning: Matt Duffy triple with two outs; Buster Posey up;  his name was circled on the lineup whom you should not be allowed to beat you; let him take a free pass and make a slumping Brandon Belt beat you; nope, Walt Weiss did not read Baseball 101 textbook; RBI single.

Third inning: men on 2B and 3B with two outs and Posey up again; nope he wasn’t intentionally walked; two-run single that put the Giants ahead for good.

Vacuum hit a two-run line drive shot to left in the first and a solo shot in the ninth to score the only runs of the game for Colorado. Duffy and Brandon Crawford hit big flies for two insurance runs in the sixth to increase the Giants’ lead to 5-2 and put the game away. The bullpen (Christian Bergman’s turn) were of no help either as they let MadBum hit a HR that grazed the foul side of the foul pole to pour salt into the wound.

The guys in purple were firing early in counts into outs allowing MadBum to breeze through the game for a near-complete game (7.2 innings) 6-3 win.  They must have been in a hurry to get on the Segways and motor across the bay to Oakland.

Colorado extended their losing streak to two and there will be seven more losses to add to it before they return home to Coors Field.  Recent history has shown that when they win the first game of the road trip, they go winless the rest of the trip.  The recommendation is to turn off the TV and enjoy the Fourth of July festivities.  Or picket the Rockies’ office at Coors Field carrying signs, “Fire Walt Weiss”.

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Gary
Gary
5 years ago

I said the same thing on chat during the game only I suggested walking him every time.Same when Stanton was making a mockery of Coors.Walk him or hit him but don’t freakin’ pitch to him with our staff.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

DP article on Matzek — says he doesn’t think he has “Steve Blass Disease” because he can actually throw strikes in side sessions; the wildness only emerges in actual games. That WAS Steve Blass’s problem. Bullpen catchers would say he could be as sharp as ever (and he was a very good pitcher) in side sessions, then a complete disaster as soon as he took the mound in an actual game. I’ll admit to being fascinated by these cases. Some… Read more »

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Blass had 8 very solid seasons – highlighted by 18-6 in 1968, and 19-8 in 1972 – including 3 postseasons, before the yippage set in at age 31 in 1973. And yes, it was only live game situations.

I find it interesting that Ankiel is on Nats’ staff as a “life skills coordinator”.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

“Life Skills Coordinator.” That’s interesting. I’ve always wondered how Clubs approached drafting 18 year olds (or importing them from the Carribean), giving them money and freedom, and then expect them cope in adult society. I always suspected there was some sort of support.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

I picked Matzek as my breakout player for this year.Thought he and DLR would battle for team lead in wins.Maybe a variation on the old public speaking cliché of seeing everyone in their underwear–just have him picture a beautiful women who takes off a garment for every strike thrown and repeat every inning.Of course if this worked he could be damn horney by the middle innings!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Donny, the brilliant Roger Angell article on Steve Blass is available online here: http://niemanstoryboard.org/stories/annotation-tuesday-roger-angell-and-the-pitcher-with-a-major-league-case-of-the-yips/ It includes some commentary by Angell about how he decided to tell the story. Some great insight into how a great writer thinks. As you said, the thing that makes Blass unique is that the yips didn’t hit until he was into his thirties, after many successful years, and that they never went away. The original Angell article includes some pitchers who went through similar things,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Chuck Knoblauch’s throwing issues didn’t occur until well into his career either (I know, not a pitcher). From a practical standpoint – trying to project players for positions – I think we should consider Matzek done. If we get something from him, I’ll consider it a bonus. I see where he’s now on a sabbatical from baseball altogether. David Hale made the A’s bats look good last night. The A’s had been playing better ball anyway (5 straight wins) until… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

This team needs a few aces in the rotation before it will ever be successful. It’s too bad that the Rockies didn’t try for James Shields because I really do think this group is an ace away from being a good team. They need to make a deal with the Mets for one of their many young ace potential pitchers. They also need to spend money on pitching, establish tough rotation that will compete. Rely on diamond in the rough… Read more »

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