About This WeekendBy
What you missed this weekend while trying to figure out who throws a shoe. Honestly…
• Oh, so that’s what that looks like! Huh. For the first time in what feels like forever, the Marlins found themselves on the better side of a lopsided score. Two Omar Infante home runs (!!!) and a nine-run third inning (!!!!!!) will do that for a struggling ball club. Other things that will do that for a struggling ball club? Playing the Pirates.
• And when I think about you, I touch myself. On Saturday, the domination of Pittsburgh continued as Anibal Sanchez held
The Divinyls the Pirates to just one hit. Ooooh. OOOOOOOOH. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I DOOOOOON’T WANT AAAAAAANYBODY ELSE– Okay I’ll stop now.
• He gets it. Then he doesn’t. Then he gets it again. I think. Maybe. By the end of this article, you get the feeling that Terence Moore isn’t really sure what he believes about baseball anymore:
Blame it on injuries and average talent.
You can’t blame it on McKeon.
He is strategically sound, too. Among his first moves after taking over the Marlins this summer was to put struggling star Hanley Ramirez in the cleanup spot. Ramirez was hitting .198 at the time. From there, he soared at the plate — until he got hurt.
Ace pitcher Josh Johnson also injured his shoulder, and that was in early May. Like Ramirez, Johnson is out for the season. If you add their aches and pains to a bunch of other Marlins — along with the fact that these aren’t the Marlins of Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown and Bobby Bonilla — McKeon didn’t have a chance of making this work.
In other words, when players are performing poorly, it isn’t the managers fault, because the players stink. But, when players are playing to their potential, that’s all on the manager, because he totally made that happen. Unless the players stink and/or are injured. Then there’s only so much the manager can do. Obviously.
Yeah, I’m confused, too. Hold me.