Another week of watching terrible baseball here in Queens. Yeah, the players have problems. Terry’s management has been putrid. And the announcers have been absolutely brutal.
As a fan, I know you’re supposed to pinch hit for the pitcher in a tie game with runners on. But I’m not pinch hitting for Harvey in today’s game. Not only can he swing the bat and at least give you the same weak out Turner did. But he’s also your best option for the 8th inning in a game where the manager has announced he only has four available relievers. And then he burned three of those relievers on the way to giving up the game winner. That’s poor, Terry. That’s poor. So yeah, the on-field play is atrocious. But they’re not getting any help from their field management staff either.
But the worst part of this weekend has been Gary and Ron. With the exception of tossing Harvey’s salad, they naysayed every part of their broadcasts including the terrible “Intro to Sabrmetrics” segment. Yeah, it was cheesy and Kevin Burkhardt was kinda ridiculous. It could have been incredibly informative. But these two guys have been anti-sabr since coming on the air in ‘06. They argued against every stat they could and erroneously invoked Brian Sabean and the Giants as an example of a winning team who does it without sabrmetrics. Unsurprisingly, they missed Sabean on Clubhouse Confidential this winter stating his staff uses sabrmetrics and advanced stats in their daily operations. Sticking your head in the sand isn’t the answer. The stats have changed whether you like it or not.
If that weren’t enough to grind your gears, talking up Wheeler like he’s the second coming and talking down Valdespin like he’s Lastings Milledge isn’t helping. It’s very simple, so let’s lay these to rest. Wheeler won’t come up until the Super 2 deadline has passed. And Valdespin actually has some talent. Yeah, he’s a grandstanding, uppity, annoyance. He’s still the best outfielder the team has next to Juan Lagares and might actually put the bat on the ball.
Look, this is a bad team. Hopefully not as bad as the Marlins. But a bad team nonetheless. They’re likely to finish bottom 10 again. Remember, this is a 1982 reprise with Terry Collins as George Bamberger. There’s some talent in the farm system and it’s coming up slowly. But the idea that if they fix one guy or one element and they’re a contender just isn’t reality.