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The Lugnuts start the second half of the season by hosting the best team in the league for a four-game set. Thursday’s game will have a giveaway (sports bottle) and a Dash for Cash; Friday’s will have fireworks. Thursday’s game … Continue reading
June 17: Off Day June 18 and 19 East, 10-4 Originally scheduled for the eighteenth; postponed, rain. Our guys did good: Quinn 3 ab, 1 run, 2 hits (a double), 1 rbi Cepeda 4 ab, 1 run, 1 hit (a … Continue reading
The playoff series will begin after Labor Day and will run for three rounds. The league’s champion will be crowned in mid-September. This is a modified “Shaughnessy Playoff,” named after long-time minor league player, manager, and executive Frank Shaughnessy.
Yes! That’s better; real baseball, well-played. Three good games and one great game; unfortunately, we lost the pitcher’s duel. But it was wonderful, and [Kevin] Hodges deserved to win. So did the team.
[Lansing Manager] Brian Poldberg’s not working in a vacuum, and he’s not the only person making decisions about which players play or how Brian plays them. I presume–I stress that I have no inside information–I presume he’s got instructions to play some players virtually every day, however well or poorly they perform. I presume that the patterns I see in the use of pitchers reflect decisions made in Kansas City more than they reflect game situations; in fact, I hope that’s the case, because some of the other explanations are absurd.
A good game (for a loss) against one of the league’s best starters, then they won a rather strange game in extra innings. This is pretty good; the Chiefs are an excellent team. (I’ve lowered my expectations a bit; our team’s just not going to develop a good defense.)
I can tell you how each guy throws. In some cases I can say what he does wrong. I can toss some numbers your way. What I can’t do is tell you whether they’ll fill in the missing pieces; that’s more a question of character than ability, and I’m not really in a position to judge that. I do know, from years of watching, that pitchers in this league often suddenly see the light and start pitching well. I never know which pitcher that’s going to happen to. Often it’s a surprise to the manager and the pitching coach, as well.
This series was better, although the results still are pretty poor. Except for one inning, the Saturday game was well-played. Sunday’s was awful, but no one really thinks the team’s that bad. Monday’s win and Tuesday’s loss were excellent games, without serious reservation. In general, the Hawks just outplayed the Nuts; that’s bound to happen sometimes. (I could get to like watching Mario Valdez; that’s real talent.)
I think we can write off the half-season title; frankly, they look like they’ve lost interest. These games weren’t really horrible, but the team’s not playing anywhere near its potential. They’re stale. They come to the park and play the games, but there’s no fire there.
Saturday’s game looks like it was all right, but Sunday’s was a sorry affair. The Whitecaps played a poor game, but the Lugnuts let ’em win it anyway. WOOD Radio’s broadcast (1300 AM) of the game was on tape delay, so I got to hear the worst part of the game again from Whitecaps announcer Rick Berkey while I drove home. Can’t say I liked it any better the second time, but I like listening to Berkey.