Monday, March 8, 2010

Some perspective from yesterday's ST game vs. Braves

Zach Levine posted some in-person reaction to yesterday's ST loss to the Braves.

On Moehler:
Brian Moehler had some command issues. He said it wasn't physical, rather mechanical, that he was a little overanxious and getting ahead of himself in his delivery...

...One start shouldn't set the alarm level above half an alarm. There is a chance that he won't be good at all this year, because, well, he's gone through stretches in his career when he wasn't good at all.

On Matsui:
Kaz Matsui was robbed of a hit to lead off the game then looked very bad at the plate the next two times up, though I'll give you that his bad at-bats look worse than most hitters' bad at-bats most of the time.

The observations are worthwhile, but what struck me the most was the tone. This is a very real reaction, and certainly doesn't sound like it has been sanitized for public consumption. I think all hardcore fans like Levine's analysis and his saber-slant, but I really appreciate how he took it to Moehler and Matsui here. It may be the dawn of a new era for the Chronicle's Astros coverage.