I like 'em quite a bit coming off the grill, with a wine/butter/garlic/tabasco sauce to gurgle them in.
You're talking about THOSE oysters, right?
Q. More "more," or more "less" in Dr. D's book?
A. Probably more "less."
Last he pitched in the bigs was 2013, which would be fine by us. George Sherrill was an Indy League pitcher and one of yer all-time Grabs. What the mainframe could live without, however, is the 75-80% "cut fastballs" and the 87 MPH top end. This is what constituted Owings' repertoire at last sighting.
Dr. D moans and whimpers and whines even when cut fastballs are the best in the business, as Nick Vincent's in fact is. Dr. D is sick to the gut with Danny Farquhar and Arquimedes Caminero and 18 other kinds of talented pitchers wanting to --- > twirl the ball like an NFL football and let hitters whack it. Pitching to contact toasts my oysters. We mean it in a good way.
Q. So this presages a big throwing career for Owings?
A. It presages his trying to make the bigs as an outfielder the past couple of years...
Q. Who's the better hitter, Owings or Brooks Kieschnick?
A. Both have been pretty blinkin' good, considering their circumstances. Kieschnick used to hit .350/.315/.450 in the 300+ plate appearaches they'd give him in sprinkles. That's a little bit like Justin Long suiting up for a particular Warriors game and dropping 18 on his way over to the afterparty. There would only be a few amigos capable of so doing.
Micah Owings is a big hurkin' guy who has a .280/.310/.500 (!) slash line in 200+ plate appearances. Although the last one was four years ago, at age 29. If you google a few of Owings' homers, they look like Zuumball's. When he hits 'em, they stay out.
Q. So considering the Pat Vindette stunt, maybe JeDi is thinking of "expanding his roster," as it were?
A. The 13th pitcher has always been kind of a joke to me. ... in other words, if Micah Owings is on the staff in order to kill three innings in a ten run game, power to him. And if he's covering your keister on position changes, fine there too...
You would think that a big league team would come up with uses for a 26th roster slot. Late game base stealer, or Pokey Reese at shortstop in the 8th, or give yourself a lefty matchup in either half of the inning...
Nobody seems to want the 26th slot. Not real clear to me why.