For those of you who have been reading the 7 Train for quite some time, you have all heard me talk about "The Shoe Theory" at one point or another.
My shoe theory is based on an episode of the Classic Twilight Zone-not the cheezy remakes of 1985, or even the most recent attempt to recreate it in 2002. The one from the 1960s is bar none heads and shoulders above any remake.
The episode I'm citing is one where a bum finds a shiny new pair of shoes in an alley, slips them on and goes on to live the life of a rich mobster, living in his fancy home, spending his money, getting women-you name it.
By the end of the episode he comes to the same alley and ends up getting killed. Another bum happens to come along and steal the shoes off the dead mobster/former bum's feet. He slips them on and he then goes on to live in the lap of luxury until his demise in the very same alley. Hence I give you the Atlanta Braves.
No matter what configuration of players they have, old has beens, green minor leaguers, guys who have been out of the league for ages and are getting back into base ball etc. They put on an Atlanta Braves unifor and they become Superman.
Last night's loss was just pitiful. Pedro has not been sharp for a while, he didn't pitch badly, surely good enough to win if his team could eek out more than one run a game.
Kaz Matsui who had another few hits and was basically redeeming himself quickly in my eyes, of course has to make a lame play at 2nd base trying to turn a double play, he caught the ball from Reyes, and with no one sliding anywhere near him he fails to throw on to first base for the second out. I looked at the replay, he could have and should have made that throw. Keith Hernandez and Fran Healy both said you have to cut Kaz some slack because he's not a scond baseman, well he is a second baseman now because he wasn't a short stop we found out either. However be that as it may he is the only guy hitting. In fact he hit a triple with less than 2 outs and on third is where he stayed.
When is Willie Ran-DOOF going to change this batting order? Doesn't he see like the rest of the world that it's not working? They average one run a game and the pitchers have to pitch shut outs to win.
Of course once I saw Shingo Takatsu warming in the pen, I shut the game and I'm glad I did. I couldn't take watching the hero of the last series pitch again.
The one change he did make was keeping Tracshel in the rotation ansd putting Zambrano in the bull pen which was the right choice-hurray for one good thing.
Tonight Tom Glavine goes against his former team in Atlanta, hopefully the law of averages will catch up to him and he'll finally win, as the Mets wild card hopes slip away to the tune of 4 games back.