Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Case Against Rick Peterson

First off, hat tip goes to Ed over at Mets Fever (btw, is it me, or does anyone hear the "Dance Fever" theme song in their head saying Mets....Fever - dona don...ok I'm done) for the following link. Essentially, Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports, who I've come to learn as whatever he says is good for Mets is generally the polar opposite of what is exactly in the team's best interests, had a piece on why the Mets -- even with the case of Oliver Perez's regression into Mr. Ollie Hyde these days (I won't even touch the implosion from Monday night - I still think the Mets should have traded him after the Johan trade - and yes, even with Pedro hindsight) -- should not fire Rick Peterson (scroll down to the Pedro article).

Anyway, as Ed pointed out, the heart of the argument states this: "The Mets would be foolish to fire Peterson, who helped revive left-hander Tom Glavine and transform right-hander John Maine and left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano — among others — into valuable parts."

Okay. I disagree with everything right there, save the sentiment about John Maine which I will give Soul Glo a little credit for. If you think about it actually, that's RP's bread and butter right there - the unharnessed and untapped young finesse pitcher who needs a little TLC. Sound familiar? Hmmm, ever hear of guys named Hudson, Mulder and Zito out in Oakland in the early 2000s? Thought so. Anyway, that's RP's MO - to make these finesse pitchers in essence dominant.

But on the flip side, we do see some bad innings out of Maine. Thankfully it's usually just one inning -- but enough to do significant damage if the offense takes a nap or the bullpen comes in and does further damage (like last Friday against the Dodgers).

I digress. My point is, I think that Peterson has overstayed his welcome and needs to go. Ketchup on your ice cream? No, I don't like that mixture either, but he's tinkering with so much that aint broke, he might as well do that.

Now back to the Rosenthal quote. Fact: It was not Rick Peterson who got through to Tom Glavine - who by all accounts had a rocky first two-and-a-half years adjusting to Questec and everything else he could bitch about. But Glavine was set in his ways, I doubt that ANY pitching coach (outside of Mazzone) could have told him to make adjustments.

However, it is a mistake to think that it was Peterson who helped him. It was PEDRO MARTINEZ, who said - Hey Mr Glavine (I swear, that was his quote in the papers), you are tipping your pitches.

Tom Glavine was soon our go-to guy until, well, the last game of 2007. But I won't go there right now.

Now for Pedro Martinez, I should not even dignify that with a repsonse -- OK, this is PEDRO FREAKING MARTINEZ we are talking about. Unless Rick Peterson knows how to cure old men of their shoulder woes, hamstring injuries, etc., I highly doubt he had much to do with Pedro Martinez going to the weaker-hitting National League from a tough division in the heavy-hitting American League.

But hey, let's not touch the starters that Peterson has actively worked with and have regressed before our very eyes - Mike Pelfrey, who has shown signs of improvement, but it's obvious too many cooks are spoiling the broth with this kid. He worked well with Randy Niemann down in the minors, whatever he is doing with Peterson is not working well for any party. As for Oh Pea, well I won't insult your intelligence. It could just be that Oh Pea has that whole 10 cent head with the million dollar arm syndrome. Sucks for him and Borasshole (which makes me chuckle, a little).

But then Rosenthal points out that Pedro Feliciano has worked well under Soul Glo's tutelege. Now I admit that Schoeneweis has turned his shit around this season and well, he worked with Chad Bradford in Oakland, that was something else. But, um, has he forgotten the following names: Aaron Heilman, Guillermo Mota, et al who have openly regressed and had their mechanics tinkered with? Seriously, Aaron Heilman is a GOOD pitcher with nasty stuff. Joe Janish had a piece on Metsblog the other day about how Heilman should be a starter because he has four, count 'em, FOUR pitches, whereas Mike Pelfrey has like one, one and half, something like that. Anyway, the point is, Heilman is talented, he's smart, he has the make up of a starter and Peterson if he's working with him (and Heilman listens) is fucking with a good thing. That sucks. Especially, I mean, who knows how much pull he actually has within the organization - remember, the whole "I can fix him in 10 minutes"-gate. If anything, that should have been evidence enough that he needs and needed to go. Plus, someone mentioned that it's probably Peterson whispering in Willie's ear about the whole 100-pitch count. As long as his starters look good, who gives a shit about the rest of the game, right?

I will thank Peterson for his help with John Maine and helping turn around Oh Pea if just for one season. But if he can't toughen his pitchers up, he has to go. His ego, mullet and windbreaker just overstayed their welcome. Have a nice semi-retirement in Wall Township. Later.


Oh and as of 11:34 in the 5th inning we have 1 run off Barry Zito and his 8,000,000 ERA.

One run? We have one goddamn run?

1 comment:

Ceetar said...

I'm kind of fed up with Peterson myself, but I don't know that I'm clamoring to replace him. (besides Mazzone, who's got a very simple approach that I like) It's hard to say how much is actually his reponsibility, and how much a new guy would make the same mistakes.

I'm more concerned with HoJo and the Mets approach at the plate. It doesn't feel like they're playing to the strengths of the team enough. They need to accept that they don't have power, and stop with sac-flies and driving the ball and just worry about stringing together hits, and advancing. You know how we kill guys for not making it first-third? It's because everyone is hitting the ball in the air, it's impossible to tell if it'll be caught. more line drive/up the middle/plain hitting type hits and I think guys would have better breaks and do a lot better. (but I'm no hitting coach either)