Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Juan Pierre's bat, on the other hand, will be denied

What a fun win. The kids -- especially James Loney and Tony Abreu -- get to play a big part. Loney especially -- the Garciaparra move to third happens sooner than expected and Loney continues to show why: his bat will not be denied. Tony Abreu couldn't have picked a better time for his first major league home run. First place was on the line. Just great.

But this is the Juan Pierre OutWatch, so we focus on him. Vin made a big deal about how Pierre wasn't getting any breaks, and out of respect for Scully, I considered for a moment that maybe I was looking at this all wrong. In my opinion, though -- and I say this with humility and respect for the broadcaster -- I'm not sure I agree.

There are those who say that though they recognize that Pierre isn't getting it done, they like Pierre's game -- his hustle and his drive. Hustle and drive are all good, but another way of putting it is that Pierre's entire game in "getting the breaks." He puts himself in a position where he *has* to beat out close throws at first and have others muff plays, because if he doesn't, he's oh-fer. Last night, he went one-for-five... the very most he could have expected is one of those other four close plays to go his way.

1. Flied to left. #249.
2. Lined to first. #250.
3. Fielder's choice. #251.
4. Grounded to second. #252.
5. Beat out an infield grounder for a single. Stole second.

Could Pierre have gotten luckier? Of course. All of those four outs required good plays to get Pierre. But it doesn't change the fact that Pierre's main offensive weapon is luck. I would much rather root for James Loney, who, in his last six at-bats, has hit for the cycle.

Pace: 530 outs. Pierre is just three outs off of Zimmerman for the Major League lead.

6 comments:

71n91 said...

The Dodgers are playing well and its killing you. Absolutely killing you fuckers who want Depo's cock.
Ya know how I know. You want to focus on the negative. It's the only way the haters like you and Weisman can deal with it.

jimbilly4 said...

Yeah. Depo's cock. I mean you won't shut up about Depo and his member. Penis this, dong that, dick over here, man pole over there.

Enough already, Humma. Let his man meat go. I mean look at how often you mentioned Depodesta in your blog in this month alone... hmmm... Having trouble finding a reference. How about May... Still no, huh? Hrm. Well you were thinking about him, I can tell. I can see his big old schmeckle floating right there behind your eyes.

Anyway, please never criticize the team as your opinion is worthless and you hate America if you do.

Martin said...

What 71n91 said. I mean if you wanted this team to win, you'd write something positive for once. Take a suggestion from me. I'm going to write a positive paragraph about the Dodgers and how they are playing. I want you to read it and see what a difference it can make:

What a fun win. The kids -- especially James Loney and Tony Abreu -- get to play a big part. Loney especially -- the Garciaparra move to third happens sooner than expected and Loney continues to show why: his bat will not be denied. Tony Abreu couldn't have picked a better time for his first major league home run. First place was on the line. Just great.

I know you can do better.

Brian said...

Yea 100% positive warm and fuzzy writing is great but then the blog would not be so funny.

Plus, you're missing the point. The author likes the Dodgers. He simply is on a mission to point out the fact that Juan Pierre sucks. As a bonus it's funny as hell.

Andrew Shimmin said...

I'm offended and outraged by Martin's blatant plagiarism; sure, he may say he's just joking, but I don't buy it. I know his kind--troublemaker.

Martin said...

Mr. Andrew Shimmin misinterprets the point, as usual. I am trying to show what the power of positive writing can do. Mr 71n91 will no doubt back me up, though I don't share his fascination with certain organs of the male persuasion. But as my mother would say when my brother's "secret" would come up, maybe he hasn't met the right woman yet.

But this is really about Mr. Humma Kuvula. What kind of name is that anyway? It sounds foreign. Are you foreign? That would explain why you don't seem to understand how baseball in America is played. It's played hard. Major leaguers play it hard. The men on the bench bench it hard. Why do you think they call it hardball? I'll bet you never thought of that!