Um..Hildy has been sent to Rochester..the boys are 25-0 when leading in 8th..that is not a stat that trends with a weak pen. Harper, Morin, May, Parker, Rodgers, and Duffey are fine..no we do the Minor league shuffle for last spot..25-12 gents..not much to bitch about...and oh yeah, Buck is closing on .280, leading the league in doubles..and nothing hits the ground in the outfield but rain!! Go Teins!
Well, for the most part, I think that Rocco has used the pen effectively during the latter part of games. Early on in games, he has made some less than stellar choices IMHO, but it is all a learning process I suppose.
Hildy is an interesting case. He seems to be lights out and completely reliable for long stretches so that you even breathe a sigh of relief when he comes in to save the day. Then, it is like a switch is turned and he really can't get anyone out in any situation and you hold your breath in the hopes that someone might catch one of the line drives. This was the case last year as well. My point is, the natural emotional reaction is to say that he's become trash, but there must be a rationale behind his Jekyl and Hyde performances. I seriously doubt that he is washed up and if he can his head screwed on straight or fix his mechanics, he can be a great help to the team. At least with Hildy, you know what version you are getting. Right now, we are getting the Mr. Hyde version.