Nice to know my skills of prediction can travel to baseball, too. I’ve been indifferent (and that’s being kind) to Nate Schierholtz in this young season, because I don’t see him as anything more than a place-holder. But today, fair play to him, he had four solid at-bats, culminating with a home run to the deepest part of the park which also happens to be the opposite field for him. Glad I could help.
The other storyline today of course was Travis Wood. When he pinpoints his fastball and can locate his change like that, he’s going to have a lot of success. Thing is, I don’t think he can but we’ll take it for his first start and hope he builds on it. It was also one of those games that follows Opening Day that fall into the “Fuck it, it’s cold” category, where once one team takes the lead the other one shows more interest in getting inside than they do in coming back. But hey, it’s a win.
Of course, there’s this Carlos Marmol thing. It’s not encouraging so far. Marmol has never been the hottest starter, as he takes time to find his release point on everything in the cold. That’s assuming he ever finds it. It’s not like there’s some secret to be unlocked with CM49. Sometimes his fastball is snapping and where it needs to be, and his slider gets close enough to the plate to entice hitters before darting into darkness. The other times he rushes his delivery, can’t keep his arm in the same slot from pitch to pitch, the slider sweeps instead of breaks and his fastball is going high arm-side. It’s the same tale you’ve read over and over. Either he’ll straighten it out or he won’t. The problems and solutions certainly aren’t new.
On to Atlanta then, to face a much tougher ballclub than the one they just won a series from.