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May 23, 2008 May 23, 2008

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Talking Wise: I spoke to Lancaster pitching coach Rick Wise the other day, and here are some selected snippets from that chat…

On the strategy to start relievers…

“Von’s thinking was that we’ve lost a lot of games in the middle innings, and we didn’t really have a true closer because Sendy couldn’t get here with visa problems. We never could get to a closer. His thought process was to start some of the middle inning guys for a couple of innings, and hopefully our starting pitching would come in the game in the third inning and take us deeper in the game and give us a chance to get to our closer, which is now Ryan Cullen. That was his idea, and as a manager, it’s his prerogative to do that.”

On if he’s seen anything like it…

“No, I haven’t. I’ve never seen anything like that. Way back when I pitched and stuff like that, generally your long relievers were guys who came in only if your pitcher got knocked out in the first or second inning. There were so many more complete games in the 60’s and 70’s, we didn’t have a setup guy and a closer as you see now. And you’re not going to see complete games to any degree any more. That’s not the way the game is played now, there’s just a different approach now. Teams pay a lot of money for these setup and closer guys to come in for one inning or whatever, even with a three run lead now, you can get a save. But it didn’t happen that way in the 60’s and 70’s.”

On why the Barnstormers have already used 18 pitchers…

“Walks have hurt us a lot. There’s no defense for a walk. We have to make sure we give our position players a chance to make plays on balls late in the game…or for that matter, early in the game. Walks have a way of having big impacts in big innings or in the outcome of the game, and your mindset is to throw balls over the plate and throw strikes and let the defense make plays for you. The greatest strikeout pitchers in the history of the major leagues only struck out 10 or 11 guys a game. There’s 27 outs in a game, that leaves 16 outs somewhere. And those were the greatest strikeout pitchers, too. So that leaves over five innings of outs you have to get, and where are you going to get them…you’re going to get them from your fielders. So you have to make good pitches, get the ball in play and let them make outs for you.”

Sharks Release Romero: The Camden Riversharks have released P Robert Romero. David Keller told me this off-season that for Romero, he had great stuff, but it was all about whether he was able to harness it.

He couldn’t.

In six appearances, he was 1-0 with a 7.84 ERA, walking 10 and striking out 12. He also hit four batters. – Mike Ashmore


1. Anonymous - May 23, 2008

Alex Sanchez has impressed so far in his first two games as Duck, going 6-for-9 with a home run, two doubles, four runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base.

2. Anonymous - May 24, 2008

now that Romero is gone the sharks should do the right hting and retire #10. Nobody else desrves to wear it anyway.

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