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Sosa Stumbles

Mike SteffanosWednesday, May 23, 2007
By Mike Steffanos

Braves 8 - Mets 1

I had a bad feeling about Jorge Sosa last night, and I was sorry to see that it was justified. I kind of figured he would get all geeked up returning to the scene of the crime, and it did seem to play out that way.

I only have a few minutes here before I pack my computer to move it to the new house. Just some quick thoughts:

I've always appreciated what Delgado brought to this team but, as I've written a couple of times lately, it's time to vacate the clean-up spot. I do think Delgado will hit before the season is over, but something has to give for the time being.

The long man in the bullpen is arguably the toughest role for a pitcher. You don't get regular work at all, and it's tough to stay sharp. However, it's important that your long guy keeps you in games when called on, and I still have my doubts that Sele has enough stuff left to do the job.

I think it would be easy to say that Sosa was exposed last night, but I think you have to give him one game to get the emotions in check. I didn't expect him to pitch as well as he has done in his first three games all season, but I still think he's improved enough to contribute as either a starter or replacing Sele in the long relief role.

Well, keep your fingers crossed for me. Next time I write something for this blog it will be from the new house.

Jorge Sosa (3-1)
TOTAL (4 Games)24.0101015161133.751.083-1

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Comments (2)

I think Sosa was a bit amped-up, and left some pitches out over the plate that got hammered. The ump too, was a bit inconsistent. A. Jones and Francour hit some tough pitches. Francour has made the adjustment to rightfield and he is a much improved hitter. The only really bad pitch came on the Thorman homer, other than that the Braves just made Sosa work and unfortunately he got a few pitches up in the zone. My take is, "what is going on with Sele", doe he need to start a few games and stretch that arm out. Giving up that bomb to Davies broke any thoughts of a comeback. All and all the Mets seemed flat, worn from the Subway series. The offense seems to be in neutral, they got to get it going, Delgado is hitting the ball hard, just needs to find the hole, Beltran has cooled along with Reyes. Good win by O.P. on Wednesday night, now they got to push Smoltz and win this series.

I agree on Sosa. Unless El Duque doesn't come back this week I don't think there are any starts to give Sele.

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