Well, I guess I'm not that surprised by Lou's choice as closer.
Kevin Gregg has had an outstanding spring, he's got a new lease on pitching with his leg healed, and Carlos...
Well, read this paragraph from the story by Carrie Muskat: "Gregg, who has 61 saves over the past two seasons, has not given up a run in 8 1/3 innings over nine spring games. Marmol, named to the National League All-Star team last year for the first time, has given up four runs, hit five batters, walked one and given up six hits over eight innings."
None of that really matters, but the hitting 5 guys kinda isn't very good, Carlos.
Please click on that link above, because some of Marmol's quotes are pretty priceless.
Want to tell your side of the story but also got to keep everything on the up and up?
Remember last year when Jason Marquis let fly with a few little loose-tongued comments?
And where is Jason nowadays?
Anyway, big decision made.
Here's a weirder one: Chad Gaudin or David Patton?
Chad has apparently spent more time working on his beard than his pitching.
I listened to the game today (Sunday), and he came in when Ted Lilly finally got a little gassed in the 6th.
There were 2 guys on, Chad let 'em both score along with somebody else over the 2 innings he pitched.
Gaudin had a not so great end to last year, and this spring he's pitched 11.2 innings, given up 17 hits, 14 runs, walked 8, and really has done nothing to inspire confidence.
Patton came in and put up a bunch of zeros for an inning except for 2 strikeouts.
Here are Patton's stats:
Okay, so there's nothing there.
He's actually never gone above single A (read about him here and here).
But this spring he's gone 9.2 innings, given up 8 hits, 1 run, 2 walks with 10 strikeouts.
Seriously, if he made this team it would be impossible.
But damn Chad, what do you think Lou should do?
I was grossly mislead by the preview to "I Love You, Man".
Please go see it.
I'm sure I ruined some of the jokes for people around me because I was laughing so loud and long.
Really, truly funny.