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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Gil Meche, Underachieving Pitchers, the Aflac Trivia Question, and a Music Recommendation 

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Gil Meche was dominant last night. His one run, three hit, eight inning performance was absolutely Randyesque. The Phillies' Jim Thome summed it up:
His curveball is right up there with the best I've seen... What happened is that it made his fastball ... a lot quicker.
When Gil's pulling the string like he was last night, he should mow through just about any lineup.

Unfortunately, Meche has way too many performances like he did on April 22 against Cleveland, allowing 11 baserunners and a home run in five innings. This type of up-and-down performance from Meche (and Joel Pineiro as well) got me thinking -- Which active pitcher has the highest stuff-to-actual performance ratio? Meche and Pineiro have to be near the top. The only comparable I could think of off the top of my head was Jose Contreras. If you can think of anyone else, let me know.

Dave Niehaus:

When you read the Aflac Trivia Question for the first time each game, could you at least give me, say, a couple of batters to try to guess on my own? Last night, you asked "Which player has the most lifetime interleague home runs?" and said "Jim Thome" about four seconds later. Thanks.

I've been listening to a lot of Haiku d'Etat lately. If you're interested in hearing more from Aceyalone, Mikah 9, or Abstract Rude, use your favorite (legal) file-downloading software to pick up a few tracks. Or, if you've never heard of Aceyalone, Mikah 9, or Abstract Rude, check it out anyway. They will not disappoint.

Darren Dreifort leads this one, hands-down, especially if you include injury history. Brett Tomko should probably be near the top as well.
Is Driefort still alive? That's news to me. I also thought of Ramon Ortiz, but I wasn't sure if he was still a big leaguer.
Seriously, though, check out Haiku d'Etat.
Meche's stuff isn't as good as before, buts its still electric.

Pineiro's stuff sucks now.
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