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See you, Hawk

May
28

It is what it is.

Setting aside the obvious for a second, let me be a contrarian list maker for a sec.

selected pitchers on the 40 man roster, by age
23 Renyel Pinto
24 David Aardsma **
24 Angel Guzman
24 Sergio Mitre
24 Jerome Williams
25 John Koronka
25 Roberto Novoa
26 Cliff Bartosh
26 Todd Wellemeyer
26 Michael Wuertz
26 John Leicester
26 Dave Crouthers ***
27 Will Ohman *

* – two non-playing seasons in there.
** – I haven’t seen mentioned of it yet, but his presence on the 40 man means we moved Nomar to the 60 Day DL.
*** – lost in the madness, he mysteriously retired this week; O’s are due to give us a replacement
(The youngest guy on the active staff is still Carlos Zambrano, which I think we forget from time to time.)

14 pitchers, including today’s newest arrivals, about a one-third of our 40 man roster. All of them at or about to reach their athletic prime – and I don’t think we’ve got the slightest clue about how most of these guys will turn out. None truly have a defined role with the team (though Wuertz might have finally gotten the setup role he deserved six weeks ago and Sergio doesn’t have to worry about getting yanked out of the rotation any time soon now), and their future are complete mysteries. I realize the reality of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior’s short careers showcase the need for depth and pitching, but we already have a lot of people to sort thru and no particular effort to get the job done. The last thing we really need is another young pitcher – and that was back when we did the Farnsworth trade. It seems very likely someone here will slip thru the cracks to do well elsewhere, while we have needs at position spots go unfilled.

It really is nice that we got something for LaTroy. It’s a bit of a stretch to compare it to the Graves situation (LaTroy’s been slightly better and he’s a few mil cheaper), but the Cubs did make out a bit better than the Reds did. I just wish they’d gone for a something else as a change.

And I think everyone is happy for LaTroy. He never asked to be the closer (if you forget the incentives), it was thrust upon him and he did all he could with it. He didn’t make a bad situation better, but he didn’t make it bad in the first place.

single paragraph digression: Prior’s injury has nothing to do with a curse, but does cause me to watch PTI only a tape delay for the next couple months. My 30 second skip thingy will be renamed “the Willbutton” in his honor.

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but what does Funaki think

May
28

Friday, Rick addressed an issue close to the heart of the website: the future of the WWE B-Shows.

post jump to USA
Velocity (spike) becomes Afterburn (syndi – may change name)
Heat (spike) becomes Bottom Line (syndi – may change name)
Experience (spike) becomes WWE Tonight (USA Sundays)
Marc Lloyd becomes unemployed (guessing)

The plus of this is the Tonight show (ahahah barf) can be use as the pre-PPV show without robbing Maven of screen time. The downside is I’ll have to figure out when these shows are on (assuming they are – Afterburn seems to be off WCIU here and they’ll show anything.)

best part: the stupid Heat open DIES. YES.

2005, Day 5

May
28

I updated yesterday and today. I figure you’re smart enough that you don’t need me telling you. You can thank me later.

While Block A ends the first half of the tournament still the muddled mess we had it figure for – mostly due to El Samurai getting his token win over Kanemoto of all people – we’ve got some people actually already out in Block B.

At 0 point and with only 2 matches left, Akiya Anzawa is out. Even if he got all four points left on the board, at least one of the four people with 4 points absolutely will get to 5 and Tiger Mask has 6, so there’s no way for Anzawa to make top 2.

Katsushi Takemura isn’t officially eliminated, because he’s got one more match left than Anzawa. However, the scenarios for him moving on are very limited.

Here’s one attempt

06/10
Gedo [5] DCO Black Tiger [5]

06/11
Tiger Mask [8] b Inoue [4]
Takemura [2] b Liger [4]

06/12
Takemura [4] b Anzawa [0]
Tiger Mask [10] b Black Tiger [5]

06/15
Gedo [6] DCO Jushin Liger [5]

06/16
Anzawa [2] b Inoue [4]

06/18
Black Tiger [6] DCO Jushin Liger [6]
Tiger Mask [12] b Gedo [6]
Takemura [6] b Inoue [4]

12 Tiger Mask
06 Black Tiger
06 Gedo
06 Takemura
06 Liger
04 Inoue
02 Anzawa

When you’re hoping for draws and a four way tie, it’s not looking so good.

At any rate, while I could believe wins over Anzawa and even possibly Inoue, the mandatory win over Liger is highly unlikely.

Tiger Mask is pretty safely onto the semifinals. He’ll probably drop the match to Black Tiger to build up the feud, but he should grab at least two points from Gedo and Inoue, and 8 should get you thru.

Despite being in the peloton, Wataru Inoue has a good lineup for a big run at the end. While he restarts with Tiger Mask (and I don’t think that’s beyond salvaging), he should be able to sweep Anzawa and Takemura to get to 8, and at least a tie breaker.

Gedo has Black Tiger, Liger, and Tiger Mask. It was a nice run.

Black Tiger should get two points there, and then I’m not exactly sure. He’s gotta get on to the next round, I’m just not sure if he does it by running over Liger and Tiger Mask, or sneaking in.

Who’s left? Liger. Liger is Liger. Either he gets in, or he doesn’t get in, he’s still Liger, it doesn’t actually matter. The more I think about it, the more he should’ve been in Block A to give it some direction.

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