A tear in my green beer for Anthony
Posted by The Right Reverend on March 17, 2006
Sorry to be a bit of a bummer on St. Patrick’s day, but at least according to one Bernie Miklasz, Sir Sidney Ponson is going to be the fifth starter in the rotation.
It’s already been determined internally.
The rest is just posturing to keep him focused and locked in and determined to “prove” himself. They don’t want big Sid (or the fans for that matter) to think they’re handing him something. They want him to earn it.
As one poster on the board noted on that board already, this isn’t much of a real competition if all the while the Cards were planning on handing it to Ponson. This was already becoming apparent with the Cardinals strange handling of Reyes, insisting he learn to throw the two-seam fastball. While I agree it would be great for Reyes curtail his fly-ball tendencies, the handling of Reyes (and Wainwright for that matter) is frustrating to say the least. Everyone in the world of baseball can tell you that Anthony Reyes is the most talented pitcher in the Cardinal system, or roster for that matter, outside of Carpenter of course, but somehow the club isn’t convinced. Maybe they should just trade Anthony for some other more expensive “proven veteran” as they did with Dan Haren, and watch him blossom elsewhere.
If I were Anthony, I would almost hope it would happen, as I would’ve been fed a lie that I was in the mix for a job that the team never planned on giving me in the first place.
Sorry for the frustrated tone, and I’m not saying the season is over, Ponson could be a decent 5th starter, and a cheap one at that. Sure, his last two seasons look like total crap, but so far at least he looks focused and has pitched well this Spring. I just hate it how the Cardinals squelch young talent in the name of experience, even if that experience has been mediocre at best.
Well, at least we will have depth in the case of an injury. 3 straight seasons of all 5 starters staying healthy all season would be amazing, and very unlikely.