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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

This Just In: Trever Miller Is The New Gallo

In a positively eerie moment of deja vu last night, Astros lefty "specialist" Trever Miller entered a tie game in the top of the 10th inning. Sure, Qualls, Borkowski, Nieve, and Wheeler were all available, but the situation CLEARLY called for a lefty who can't get people out. Miller warms up and digs in to face Twins 1B Justin Morneau. He winds up and deals a "fastball" right down the middle of the plate. Morneau predictably tees off and launches Miller's feta into the stratosphere. Twins 6, Good Guys 5. Although Preston Wilson showcased his first bit of clutch hitting this season with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game (after the 'Stros had blown a 4-1 lead), you just knew that there wasn't going to be a bounce back from this.

After I picked myself off the floor and quieted my screaming, I paused to wonder what the point of having lefthanders in the bullpen is when they don't ever actually get anyone out. Exhibit A, as has been discussed in this space many times, is The Rooster. But Trever Miller is really not much better. He's pitched 20.0 innings, but surrendered 22 hits, walked 7, and coughed up 10 runs (all earned). This seems to just be another pathetic case of someone keeping a job on a major league roster simply because he wipes his arse with his left hand. It's beyond ludicrous. I refuse to believe that there aren't better options elsewhere. Like, for example, in the stands of Minute Maid Park. The 'Stros should start a promotion that randomly selects fans to pitch in relief. Odds are, one of them will be a lefty and get signed to a three year deal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey at least losing to the Twinkies in extra innings isnt as bad as dropping two out of three at home to the royals!

Wed Jun 21, 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Excellent point. Losing to a team that's over .500 in extra innings, as opposed to dropping a series to the worst team in baseball, is certainly the shinier turd.

Wed Jun 21, 01:33:00 PM  

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