…. Odds & Ends

Some new sites to see, and some old ones to revisit on today’s to-do list. First up, the old guard.

Alex Belth continues to add impressive names to his list of interviews. Today, you can hear him chat up Will Carroll, who has a new book out called Saving the Pitcher. Both Alex and Will are among my earliest supporters and colleagues. They are also among the best baseball writers in the blogosphere, so go, now.

Also in the news, Al Bethke has a mid-season roundtable on the Brew Crew, a must read for those who love Seligula’s team.

On to some new stuff…

John from Baseball Sites is going to review OBM in the near future, (cause that’s what he does). If you want to see how me and all of my friends are doing, go check out his work. Hope I make the cut.

And finally, OBM reader and new best buddy, Thomas, started his own Giants site, called Giants Matters. His initial efforts have been focused on the debacle better known as Matt Herges, which brings us to last night’s game….

The Giants beat the D’backs 3-1 behind the stellar pitching of Jerome Williams (who now has a career record of 3-0 against the Big Unit). Herges seems to be pitching his way back to the minors, after another horrible, horrible performance, in which he needed to be saved from himself, again. This time, it was Jason Christiansen who relieved Herges’ bases loaded, one-out disaster waiting to happen. Watching Herges, I couldn’t help but wonder how he has 22 saves. He was just waiting for something bad to happen, and sure enough, after a leadoff double, (on a 2-2 pitch), he gave up the dreaded shallow pop up that Grissom couldn’t reach. Ugh.

You’ve all read everyone talking about how Herges is having such a terrible season, 43 1/3 innings pitched, 63 hits and 15 walks. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s gotten way worse than that. His last six appearances have been beyond belief bad. His ERA has gone up a run and a half in that short span of time (4.46 to 5.82), in which he’s pitched three innings and given up 15 hits, 4 walks (that’s 19 baserunners in three innings!!!!), 11 runs, 3 home runs…. I mean, oh my God, is that bad.

Starting with the Oakland game on July 3rd, (4 runs, blown save), Colorado on the 6th, (second and third with 2 outs, he gives up a single, a home run, a walk, a single, and another walk before finally getting the one out he was brought in to get). Against the D’backs on the 10th, he seemed poised to put the bad streak behind him with a perfect inning of work, but 5 days later, the Rockies sent him right back to the psychaitrist’s couch. 2/3 of an inning, 3 baserunners, and Scott Eyre had to bail him out. Three days later, Alou decided to let him work it out with a three run lead, and BAM! Two home runs later, the Giants suffered one of their worst defeats since May, and their closer was thatmuchcloser to Triple A.

And really, after last night, that’s exactly where he is right now. The Giants cannot afford to keep sending him out there, they’re in a pennant race, for crying out loud. He needs to go down and work it out, because he’s so bad right now, it doesn’t matter what inning it is, Alou can’t use him.

Oh, and speaking of Alou, how the hell does he let Neifi Perez to hit in a two-out, first and third situation in the top of the ninth? Does he have no pinch-hitters at all? Where has Deivi Cruz been lately? Is he dead? He’s got one start since the All-Star break, a sure-fire way to cool off one of the hottest hitters on the team. In the meantime, Perez is getting a key at bat (one in which the only chance the Giants had to get that runner home would have been a second wild pitch) with a chance to put the D’backs away and make all that BS in the ninth meaningless. I don’t get it.

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