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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Mets - Recalled Ring

New York Mets - Designated P Mike Matthews for assignment; recalled P Royce Ring

If Ring gets killed in his first appearance, does that mean everybody who watched it will die in a week?

Matthews had performed well as substitute Run Fairy and should clear waivers.  Has anyone here seen Ring this year?  I saw him last year and expected a fastball pitcher but I don’t think he threw anything faster than 87-88.  Ring was also sporting a curve with a nice break but poor placement; the kind of pitch that major league hitters will eat alive.

Going off-topic, who will win the Ultimate Grudge Match?

Player                   HR Allowed
Entire Cardinals Staff           8
Eric Milton                     10

How many homers will it take before the Cincy media goes all Samson Agonistes on their new acquisition’s ass?

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 27, 2005 at 05:24 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zeba Zeba Eata Posted: April 27, 2005 at 06:39 PM (#1292992)
Ring has supposedly has been the beneficiary of:

(a) An off-season attitude adjustment, spurred by being left off the 40 man and not even getting an invite to major league spring training (side note - how many such people end up in the bigs before May??)

(b) A Rick Peterson adjustment in arm angle during the spring that gave his fastball a little more juice (still only 88-89) and helped the movement on his pitches.

Can't be worse than Mike Matthews, for sure.
   2. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: April 27, 2005 at 06:47 PM (#1293011)
I had a Ring of Recall in Morrowind.
   3. WillYoung Posted: April 27, 2005 at 06:52 PM (#1293032)
More fun is:

Walks allowed:
Minnesota Twins 22
Kip Wells 18
Oliver Perez 18
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 27, 2005 at 06:59 PM (#1293063)
The Twins are now up to 24.

-- MWE
   5. CraigK Posted: April 27, 2005 at 07:00 PM (#1293067)
Well, today, STL closed the gap, 10-9.

:)
   6. Dag is a salt water fish in fresh water world Posted: April 27, 2005 at 07:00 PM (#1293070)
More fun is:

Walks allowed:
Minnesota Twins 22
Kip Wells 18
Oliver Perez 18


Even better:

OPS:
Oakland 645
Pittsburg 653
Carlos Zambrano 928
   7. Dag is a salt water fish in fresh water world Posted: April 27, 2005 at 07:06 PM (#1293090)
Or this:

AVG:
Brewers .228
Cub Pitchers .261

SLG:
Cub Pitchers .348
Pittsburgh .351

BB (as hitter):
Carl Everett 2
Josh Fogg 2
   8. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: April 27, 2005 at 07:32 PM (#1293178)
So much for the baseball mogul dynasty where Ring saved 400 games.
   9. danielj Posted: April 27, 2005 at 07:57 PM (#1293321)
Pretty much all I've ever heard of Ring is that he had a closer's mentality - but not a closer's stuff.
   10. JPWF13 Posted: April 27, 2005 at 08:16 PM (#1293407)
What I heard of Ring was that he had the mysterious loss of velocity that seems to happen to pitchers sometime between their last game as an amateur and first game as a pro...
I've heard it may have something to do with the calibrating of radar guns... :-)
   11. Psychedelic Red Pants Posted: April 27, 2005 at 09:29 PM (#1293764)
How many homers will it take before the Cincy media goes all Samson Agonistes on their new acquisition’s ####?

If they need the jawbone of an ass, Curt Schilling won't be doing anything for the next couple weeks.
   12. Joshemy Posted: April 28, 2005 at 12:34 AM (#1294240)
You may not care about this transaction, but I do!

YAY FOR NO MATTHEWS!
   13. alkeiper Posted: April 28, 2005 at 01:38 AM (#1294418)
I caught Royce Ring at the Red Barons' home opener. Decent stuff from what I saw, striking out two, walking one, and giving up one hit in two innings.
   14. Old Matt Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:29 AM (#1294595)
BB (as hitter):
Carl Everett 2
Josh Fogg 2


Jose Reyes 0

The big thing on Ring was a mental adjustment apparently. I remember a quote from a person in the Mets organization saying that "Ring had stopped worrying about his tatoos and hair and focused on pitching."

Nonetheless, his hair looked cool when he warmed up today.
   15. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:39 AM (#1294614)
Can't be worse than Mike Matthews, for sure.

Heredia would be better than Matthews.
   16. Joshemy Posted: April 28, 2005 at 03:53 AM (#1294628)
Heredia would be better than Matthews.

That's pushing it...

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