WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC ROUND 2: Mexico @ Korea in Anaheim. Korea 3 Mexico 2
It is good for New Yorkers to hear broadcasters who appreciate Metspitchers. Of course, that is unlikely to happen while they are
pitching during a Mets game, not by local broadcasters, anyway. No need
to mention names, but whatever poisonous madness is finally working its
way out of the Mets system after some painful bloodletting could not
help but infect their announcers — and fanbase, but that’s another
story — too. That is why we have heard mainly doom and gloom about
our New York underdogs since the 2000 trip to the World Series.
Thank goodness for the World Baseball Classic. Did you find it
refreshing to hear Dodger teammates Eric Karros (1B, 1991-2001) and Orel Hershiser (RHP, 1983-2000) talk about RHP starter Jae Weong Seo — who is about to join his high school teammate Hee-Sop Choi (1B) on the Dodgers — and lefty reliever Dae-Sung Koo — who debuted in the MLB in April of last year and is now a non-roster invitee to Mets spring training camp — as the strong pitchers they really are, with meaningful analysis
and insight by former players — one a legendary pitcher himself — who
analyze the game with a professionalism approaching that with which
they used to play the game?
Seo started the first game of the second round of the WBC for
Korea against Mexico. Through 5-1/3 innings, he allowed 1 run, which
came early and failed to rattle him. In the Mets’ organization he was
so frequently sent down to the minors that it is no wonder that he would lose get shaken up after a mistake or bad luch at Shea. I have to wonder if the Mets have something to learn from the coaching and mindset of Team Korea. It is not as if Team Mexico was a lightweight opponent.
Before I forget, I want to add Floraine Kay’s observation that Seo showed an easy stance and release of his curveball that put into mind the seemingly effortless form of David Wells at his best.
Keep an eye on these guys, if you like:
A’s: Loaiza, Street Reds: Claussen, Harang, Womack Diamondbacks: Clark Boston: R. Seanez, Mota (+ Foulke no less!) (Wells says he commits) Beckett, Lowell Padres: Peavy, Estes, Greene Tigers: Rogers, Maroth, Robertson, Bonderman, Seay, Inge, Leyland Cleveland: Sabathia Rockies: Fogg Orioles: Benson (Bottalico, Yates), Duquette, Mazzone Mets: Trachsel, Heilman (+obvious Billy Wagner), Keppinger Angels: Figgins Cardinals: David Eckstein Cubs: Eyre, Jacque Jones Brewers: Capuano Tampa Bay: Marlins: Girardi Pirates: Zach Duke, Ty Wigginton Phillies: Rowand (great fielder, does not hit under pressure, though) Dodgers: Sele White Sox: McCarthy Rangers: Benoit, Eaton, Dellucci, Durazo Royals: Runelvys Hernandez, McEwing Astros: Taveras Yankees: Chacon, Small, Wang, Proctor (as a starter), Sturtze, Mendoza, Ron Guidry (Hughes, Cox)
LA’s the place for troubled New York starting pitchers. Jae Seo joins former Yankee right-hander Jeff Weaver, who performed solidly for the Dodgers last year. The Mets get 2 righty relievers, Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.
Let’s hope the Mets don’t deal Steve Trachsel to get another right-handed reliever they have their eyes on, Duaner Baez of the Devil Rays. According to Marty Noble, it is possible that a team with more money than Tampa Bay may need a starter like Trachsel, Kris Benson, or Victor Zambrano, setting up a 3-way trade, with Baez going to the Mets and prospects from the 3rd team going to the Devil Rays. Let’s hope the Mets keep Benson, too, and Heilman while we’re at it.
Noble’s excellent article on Mets trade strategies also mentions that Jeff Keppinger may have a fighting chance at 2nd base if the Devil Rays can work Kaz Matsui (plus cash) into a deal. Go Keppy. I like his swing.