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August 10, 2008

Jury out on Waters

Sometimes, you learn more about an inexperienced pitcher by what happens after he faces some adversity than you might during the best performance of his life. Chris Waters got bounced around in the first inning like me in a stairwell, but give him some credit for not collapsing like one of those lawn chairs I have to buy by the dozen.

His pitching line's not going to look good regardless -- especially after Ian Kinsler took him deep in the fourth -- but he's not the first guy to get tagged for a couple of home runs on an August afternoon at the Yards.

He's out after throwing 90 pitches (56 strikes) and giving up six runs -- five of them on two swings -- and Randor Bierd is warming up for the fifth with the game tied at six. Stay tuned.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:40 PM | | Comments (2)


Cintron let the pitchers down today with his inept defense. He is not a good defensive shortstop. Castro needs to play often. I cringe every time a ball is hit to Cintron.

For all those posters who were asking why we had a good defensive SS batting around .200 in there over a .285 hitting shortshop that is mediocre at best in fielding, you now know why. Cintron's fielding led to the Rangers breaking this game open in the 5th not too mention earlier runs. In fairness to Cintron he's more of utility/pinch runner type. Hopefully this will put those stupid posts to rest, but alas it probably won't.

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