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One Reason To Have Faith

Brian Lawrence has been DFA'd. Best transaction agate since Chan Ho Park was invited for a long walk off that short pier. It doesn't compare to the hypothetical unconditional release of Guillermo Mota into the Pine Barrens (one can dream), but it's nice to see somebody get scapegoated when scapegoating is clearly called for.

It's easy pickin's to pick on the emergency starter du jour, yet there was no good reason that this failed experiment in pitching was a) called back up after the New Orleans season ended and b) handed the ball at a time of year when there are all kinds of arms floating around the organization (such as the left one belonging to Dave Williams, whose entire body has been brought up in Lawrence's place).

Brian Lawrence: 29 innings, 43 hits, 6.83 ERA. Good night, funny man.

11 comments to One Reason To Have Faith

  • Anonymous

    Since I left them out of the Definitive 300, I should probably honor Stan Isaacs one more time and offer to pay for the Seven Santini Brothers to move Lawrence's possessions. Provided their destination is “East River, Bottom of (the).”
    Also, keep Mota out of the Pine Barrens. With his sense of timing, he'd uncover the not-dead Russian and get Tony really shot before the movie sequel.

  • Anonymous

    I was scared stiff about the state of our pitching, esp. the bullpen, at the start of the season. I see no reason to change that opinion.
    I also see no reason to change the opinion that we should have kept Chad Bradford, Darren Oliver, Heath Bell and Brian Bannister. We'd be sitting a lot prettier right now if we had.
    I'm just not happy with this organization at the moment. Too many inexplicable personnel blunders for my liking. Bannister for Burgos… come on. I could have told Omar how that one would turn out the second the idea crossed his mind. Maybe he never watched the Royals, but I did.
    What a mess. And I'm going on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. How much gasoline will be thrown on the blazing bonfire that has become our season by then, I wonder…

  • Anonymous

    because heath bell was doing so well while he was here. hahaha.

  • Anonymous

    Filming a Sopranos sequel would be like bringing in Mota with the bases loaded and two out up one in the ninth. Why ruin what could otherwise be remembered fondly?

  • Anonymous

    Tonight's game so far is a Reason To Have Fear.

  • Anonymous

    WTF??????
    Ugh. They're killing me. Absolutely killing me.

  • Anonymous

    So Willie has a clubhouse meeting before Tuesday's game.
    How'd that work out for y'all, Willie?
    He says he's not as mild-mannered as everyone thinks he is. The players know. He knows when to give a pat on the back and when to give a kick in the rear.
    I'm thinking the tip of Willie's managerial shoe has been rear-free since his first day on the job. Sorry, man, I'm not buying it. You are what you are.
    A mild-mannered skipper with a team full of players who don't think anything's wrong.
    Man, sometimes it's tough to be a Mets fan.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing what not being abused every night can do for a player.
    You know, sometimes you have to learn to look past the obvious and see what someone is capable of instead of just what they did here under less than ideal circumstances.
    Obviously Heath Bell doesn't suck. He just didn't thrive in this particular atmosphere. Much like Kaz. It happens.

  • Anonymous

    Can't anybody here play this game?

  • Anonymous

    Go Brian Lawrence! And take Guillermo Mota with you!

  • Anonymous

    okay, so he didn't thrive here. what would be the point of keeping him, praytell?