This is beyond a slump though, 4-14 is a meltdown. Yes they're playing good teams, yes they have 'some' injuries - the Alou one has hurt in particular because of the team's record against lefties which was great when he was in there and lousy since (not to mention the end of last year).
Still this team's got too much talent to flounder around like this, something's fundamentally wrong - especially when you see people sulking, not hustling at all, making silly mental mistakes, not being accountable after the game - seems as if Wright, LoDuca, Glavine and Wagner are the only ones that talk to reporters after losses.
Delgado - I'm sorry nice guy but he's gotta start earning his frigging paycheck. It's not just the .225 average and looking like a bum against the Yankees on Friday and pretty much for most of the season, it's the fact that he doesn't hustle - whether it's not running out a ball in Florida he got thrown out at second on or the fact that he didn't dive for a stoppable ball in LA, among other instances. Plus it's funny he didn't say anything at all after Friday's game but he was chirpy as a bird after Monday's.
Beltran - He's basically a china doll. Great talent but the minute he gets dinged up he's useless. He's batted .200 since May when this quad thing became an issue. I know the team's got no outfield now but Beltran isn't helping the team at all, management's got to DL him already.
Alou - Is this guy secretly in a coma somewhere? I mean geez first it was supposed to be day-to-day now it's week-to-week, what's next month-to-month?
Willie - Broke up the lineup order from last year trying to make LoDuca a run producer which he's not. Has way too much faith in Franco who hasn't done much since the beginning of LAST year and Mota who looks like a product of the juice. He tries to use Schoenwies as a two-inning pitcher and he's only shown the ability to pitch against lefties (when he throws strikes which isn't often).
Even more than all that though, all of Willie's defenders including me have said the team respects him and plays hard for him - well I haven't seen that in weeks nor do I really see anyone get taken to task for lack of hustling or dumb mental mistakes. You can argue he does that behind the scenes but if he is doing that it hasn't helped. Which doesn't bode well for the respect factor.
Down - I thought he got a raw deal with the Yankees but now I can see why they dumped him. This team does not work any counts or take pitches anymore, other than Reyes. And lately they can't score many runs if the running game isn't a factor.
Edited by Hasan4978, 20 June 2007 - 07:23 AM.