Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Eating Crow
Everyone who reads this blog knows my feelings on Indians third baseman Casey Blake.

At various times, I have referred to Blake as overrated, overappreciated, a manager's favorite and a bad defensive player.

But mostly, my argument about Blake was his inability to come through in the clutch. Throughout his career, Blake's runners in scoring position average has often been among the worst in the league.

Last week, I was writing about how Blake's lack of power in the second half was reducing him to below average. Going into Friday's game with Kansas City, Blake had not homered in more than a month and had just one since the All Star break.

But Blake's performance over the last week has left me with no leg to stand on. He has hit game-ending homers twice in the last week, helping the Indians inch closer to their first division title since 2001.

So, Blake came through in the clutch, at the most important part of the season. So for the rest of the regular season, I'm done bashing him. He's done his part.

Should the Indians reach the playoffs, it's another story.

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At 10:16 AM , Blogger Joel said...

Casey Blake, bitches!

Also, I liked your non-use of walk-off.

Listen, if you come to town for any of the games and you don't call me (again), I'm going to be (more) upset.

At 10:22 AM , Blogger Joel said...

Also, have you read "Dealing," by Terry Pluto?

It'll tell ya why Casey Blake has been such a big part of the team.

At 6:38 AM , Blogger Suss said...

In the strictest sense, neither of those two game-winning home runs improved his BA RISP. They were solo shots.

At 9:59 AM , Blogger Vince said...

Man, I was all set to believe you until the last sentence.
Now I just think you're the baseball equivalent of Skip Bayless on LeBron James, absolutely refusing to believe in the face of mounting evidence that he might be wrong.

At 5:03 PM , Blogger Zach said...

I believe Skip Bayless comparisons are grounds for libel in most states.

Watch it, Vince.

At 9:55 PM , Blogger Vince said...

Hey, if the impeccably tailored suit fits...
You don't scare me, Little Man!

At 6:24 AM , Blogger Joel said...

Is Vince Vince Guerrieri?

Vince, stop on over to my spot.


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