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by Mr North Jersey
Thursday, March 31st – Terry Collins discusses Opening Day decisions he has made.
Audio courtesy of ESPN.com
3/31/2011-5:09pm at 5:09 pm (UTC -4)
I would rather Pagan bat 6th and Davis 5th but Harris batting 2nd is an obvious move given his success against Johnson and his very high walk rate.
3/31/2011-5:13pm at 5:13 pm (UTC -4)
harris had some walks vs. johnson. Not saying he exactly raked him.
3/31/2011-5:24pm at 5:24 pm (UTC -4)
well isn’t that what you want in the 2 hole? lots of walks so our best RBI guys can drive him in?
3/31/2011-5:12pm at 5:12 pm (UTC -4)
Did he explain why he already decided to channel his inner Jerry and put out a stupid ass lineup?
better be a 1 day brain fart, otherwise the honeymoon is going to be short!
3/31/2011-5:21pm at 5:21 pm (UTC -4)
the only argument I can see is Thole 2nd, Emaus 7th and Harris 8th.
Harris has too good of an OBP to bat 7th and keeping Pagan in the 2 hole means a weak 6,7,8…
3/31/2011-5:40pm at 5:40 pm (UTC -4)
LOL…you know Pagan has to secretly be thinking ‘O.K., I’m finally playing CF, which is my preferable position, now what do I have to do to bat 2nd’?
3/31/2011-5:15pm at 5:15 pm (UTC -4)
I see Paulino has anemia. Given the spectrum of things that bloodwork can show regarding the stomach and colon, that is on the good end!
buy him a bunch of steaks and a big box of raisins, and tell him to get ready to play.
3/31/2011-5:33pm at 5:33 pm (UTC -4)
I saw that. Caught my eye b/c I’ve had B-12 anemia my whole adult life, caused by the stomach’s inability to absorb B-12. Easily manageable with injections but not ‘curable’.
If it was just regular anemia, I’m not sure the stomach or colon as Sandy indicated would be involved. Then again, maybe they initially thought it was more serious than it turned out to be.
3/31/2011-5:34pm at 5:34 pm (UTC -4)
By regular anemia, I was referring to an iron deficiency. Those are two different types of anemia.
3/31/2011-10:44pm at 10:44 pm (UTC -4)
anemia could be caused by blood loss and the colon and stomach are common areas for bleeding.
but since he’s apparently taking medication, it doesn’t sound like these are the sources of his anemia.
3/31/2011-11:08pm at 11:08 pm (UTC -4)
Maybe it is stigmata.
4/1/2011-1:12am at 1:12 am (UTC -4)
You are right, Wanny. Unexplained anemia is what lead to my mother’s diagnosis of colon cancer, which luckily appeared to have been caught just in time. Been in remission for 5 years now.
Those additional tests for Paulino probably included ruling out internal bleeding.
3/31/2011-5:43pm at 5:43 pm (UTC -4)
“Sandy Alderson said he expects the Mets to finish some place between winning a World Series and how they performed last season.”
There you go, you heard it here first. Somewhere between WFC and disappointing.
3/31/2011-7:51pm at 7:51 pm (UTC -4)
Ted Berg’s been doing a pretty enjoyable series on evaluating position by position among the NL east teams. He ends with this for CFs:
‘The only player in the division that might be a match for Pagan is Shane Victorino, and I am not inclined to say anything nice about Shane Victorino in this space. Plus Pagan’s probably better anyway.’
His piece on RFs and Beltran was great and obviously a little sentimental for Berg as Beltran is his favorite Met and isn’t looking forward to the end of his playing days with the Mets.
3/31/2011-8:26pm at 8:26 pm (UTC -4)
His “favorite Met” part of his post made a lot of sense. Can you imagine being ~29 year old, interviewing Ike on a regular basis since he was in the minors? How would you end up idolizing him? I don’t think it could happen, it’s just too strange. Kind of sad!
3/31/2011-10:06pm at 10:06 pm (UTC -4)
This is just a silly post, but on Beerleaguer they asked for commenters to predict the Phillies’ record and playoff results.
Wins ranged from 88-100+, with most around 94-96 wins.
Most had the Phillies losing in either the NLCS or WS, and probably 3rd most popular was WS win, 4th most popular was NLDS loss. Not sure I saw 1 person say they wouldn’t make the playoffs.
Just food for thought.
3/31/2011-11:47pm at 11:47 pm (UTC -4)
of all the top teams, IMO the phils are probably subject to the biggest boom/bust swing. That is, they have the most plausible scenario where they could go from WS favorite to playoff missing also ran.
Utley misses most of the year, some of the guys that underperformed last year and/or had injuries repeat that, and a couple of the 4 aces have a problem, and boom, nothing special. And everything besides the SP problems are already happening and very plausible.
4/1/2011-1:17am at 1:17 am (UTC -4)
With Werth gone, I believe a prolonged absence of Utley is going to be their #1 problem.
Unless guys like Polanco and Rollins put up very good years, their great pitching is going to suffer somewhat for their anemic offense. To what extent I think is what will make or break their season.
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