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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:34 AM
Covering the Cedar Rapids Kernels for MetroSportsReport.com while my alter-ego, Jim Crikket, opines about the Twins and Kernels at Knuckleballsblog.com.
~You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant~
Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:30 AM
Jake Mauer told MSR's Jim Ecker after the game, "we may have to go in another direction."
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:52 AM
We were also lucky enough to be at Phil Humber's perfect game in Seattle a few years back which in my opinion ended on a pretty questionable call too. If my son gets to see one more pitching gem in his young life, I'm gonna need one of you to write the story for the news to make him a famous good luck charm!
Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:32 PM
Mauer's role is not to win playoff games for some town in Iowa. - no offense CR- I don't care if they win the playoffs. All I care about is players like Berrios have confidence in their ability, get better and improve. Mauer's job is to develop players and allow high impact prospects prove themselves in high impact situations.
Leave Berrios where he is. Call him your ace and let him go out with full confidence.
Perhaps this is the reason the club demoted Mauer to the coach of Single A?
Posted 30 August 2013 - 09:59 AM
First, Berrios is not and has not been the Kernels' "ace" this year. He's been inconsistent and he has looked worn down the past couple of starts. Not surprising for a 19 year old who started his season early in the WBC.
You may not care about playoff results, but I assure you the players in that clubhouse do and they expect the coaches to put the guys out there that give them the best chance to win. Instilling that winning attitude (and remember, several of these guys were on the E'town championship team last year) is important.
Sending Berrios out to get his head knocked in again and perhaps cost his team a playoff win in the process will do nothing to build his confidence. He has not oonsistently reacted well to adversity this season.
The staff literally has seven starting pitchers to choose from right now and Berrios has been among the least effective the past two times through the rotation. Honestly, IMO, there are a couple of those other guys I think have as good a chance, if not better, of being good MLB starting pitchers as Berrios.
Keep in mind, if the Kernels win 2 of the 3 game series against QC, they go straight in to the second round without a scheduled off-day (unless game 3 isn't necessary), so they would use three entirely different starting pitchers in the second round. Berrios could benefit from an extra couple days of rest and then match up well with the second round opponent's #3-5 pitcher and have a much better chance of success.