Thursday, August 25, 2005

Thank You, Blogger

Methinks the Weatherman is blessed, as I've been trying to post all day with no success. Today's comments are getting moldy, so here's the SuperBrief edition:

-- Chip Ambres (notwithstanding last night and the small sample size) is an asset to the organization. I love his approach at the plate, as foreign as it must seem to this bunch. His acquistion probably says more about the organizational depth of the Red Sox, though, than shrewdness on the part of Allard Baird. Ambres was easily expendable to the Red Sox when they needed to package him for a competent second baseman. Anyway, I'm glad he's here.

-- Jeremy Affeldt stinks, in case you haven't noticed or read. The Royals made a mistake not trading him at the deadline, if all of the rumors about his trade value were true. It's only going to get worse from here.

-- Not sure what D.J. Carrasco brings to any rotation. He has the trifecta of ineffectiveness: not enough strikeouts, terrible control and well below average stuff. Its a miracle that he able to achieve 6 weeks of relative success given the horrible defense behind him.

-- I think the Royals will score some runs off Curt Schilling tonight, who deserves to be hit hard because he can't keep his mouth shut about practically anything.


At 9:56 PM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

It's hard not to like Chip Ambres. At the very least he's a good 4th outfield who can play LF or CF, provide some speed off the bench, and get on base. I'd like to see more of him, even if it means that our promising LF prospect Terrence Long has to lose some playing time.

The Royals probably should have dealt Affeldt. Considering how many teams were interested, I think the Royals could have gotten a solid prospect, just not the best prospect in an organization (Pie, Hermida). I don't think we'll see too much more of Carrasco. He might take Mike Wood's job if Wood pitches well in the rotation. But, the Royals need some real talent in the rotation (Sisco or Burgos).

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I'm with you on Ambres, SoonerRoyal, but I differ a bit on the "at the very least he's a good 4th outfield" part.

I think Ambres IS a 4th outfielder, essentially. But, with those nice on-base skills, I'm hoping that he can put up DeJesus-type of offensive production. If he can do that, he'll have a job.

He won't have quite as much value at a corner outfield spot as he would in CF (offensively, at least), but if he can run an 800 OPS, that would be such an improvement over what has come through here in the last couple of years...


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