Saturday, June 26, 2004

Admiral Sunk?

Looks like the Brad Halsey era may be over, exactly a week after it began.

Didn't get to see the game, but the Admiral gave up 5 hits and 5 walks in 3 1/3 innings, good for six runs.

So what's the word on this Numba One? You were there, tell it like it is. Does the Admiral get a second chance?


Blogger lichmd said...

Ok DJ, I'd tried to block this out, but as you're forcing me to relive that painful afternoon I'll tell ya how it was....
It was cold that day, my friends....oh sorry, wrong day.
Any way, got to the Stadium after the Anthem (always a bad sign) and missed the F-14 overflight (you know how I've been looking forward to that). But I was optimistic as I filled out my lineup card and started to keep score. The day was picture perfect for a great baseball game, an old Yank lefty vs. the new Yank lefty.
And in the first inning Bullpup 2 was an extension of last week, a darting 2 seam fastball and a neat change and we were through the first inning in a tidy 11 pitches. I relaxed, sat back and ordered a beer (you know, from that guys who plays up the Italian accent?).
Next inning Bullpup comes in and it's as if he's caught that disease, the one characterized by the inability of the highly touted (and not so highly touted) rookie to throw strikes. Four gulps of beer later the Mets are leading, and I'm trying like crazy to find the beerman.
But I'll say this, Bullpup badly fooled Cliff Floyd twice (once with the change and the next with a curve?) and Hidalgo and Reyes and none of them hit anything hard off him. He had a serious problem with location, though from my vantage point I couldn't tell if the zone was tight or he was wild.
It was the 4th inning that did him in, either he was tipping his pitches or the Mets stole signs, but they timed him perfectly and began to steal bases and hit and run. He unraveled, but never looked overwhelmed.
I think that this Thursday's game will be telling. How he matches up against Pedro and the Red Sox lineup will define whether or not he remains a Yankee.
Of course based on the noise that arose from Yankee Stadium as Freddy Garcia became a White Sox Bullpup's days as a Yank are probably already numbered.

June 29, 2004 at 10:59 PM  

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