From: Cross Lanes WV USA
Brooklyn, July 28. We drubbed the Dodgers in the last three days, winning 9-4, 8-4 and 15-5. We have shaken ourselves out of the doldrums, and have won six in a row. We're now 65-35, six games ahead of the Giants.
(edit: Something I neglected to mention. Red Schoendienst was the catalyst in lighting a fire under his teamates butts. He hit FOUR homeruns in two days at Ebbets Field. So, I moved Kell to the leadoff spot, and put Red in the number two slot. I patiently explained to Red that moving him down in the order should actually increase his RBI numbers, plus help the team. )
As of now, we are number one defensively in the majors, allowing 3.18 runs per game, while scoring 4.21 runs. We have to scrap and fight for each game. This is a very good team, but it is not a dominating one.
We go to Boston on Tuesday.
August 1. July ends as we extend our winning streak, beating the Braves 7-2 on Tuesday and 7-4 on Wednesday.
The first ten days of August offer us several breaks. We have just five games scheduled. We go to the Polo Grounds on Friday for a four-game series against the Giants, who are now seven games behind us. This is a crucial series. We can effectively knock them out of the race if we perform well.
The Yankees' GM contacted us. They were interested in Duke Snider. They had nothing to offer, even though Snider is not good in the field. I respectfully declined, after making several proposals.
The trade deadline is just a few days away. I'm thinking of dangling Virgil Trucks as bait. This guy has 100 SO, but Early Wynn is still capable of returning to the starting rotation. Snider IS expendable. His poor defense has cost me some games. I'm gonna shop around.
PS After placing a few calls, I realized that no one wants to deal with me. I was offered a few washed-up veterans and a couple of younger guys who are not as good as my present starters. So, unless something extraordinary happens, I'm set for the remainder of the season.
Here's my perceived weaknesses: (1) I keep Dick Lane as a defensive sub for Duke Snider in LF. Duke should probably be in AAA, but his raw talent and my accent towards youth keeps him in the lineup. (2) the fourth starter. I have two guys (Trucks and Wynn) who could fill that slot, but neither one is good enough (by my high standards) to fill the bill. (3) Bob Lemon. He is 14-4, but he walks way too many batters. As the number three starter, he is a disaster waiting to happen, but he usually finds a way to work himself out of it. Not good for the health of his manager.
Strengths: my number 1 and 2 starters. Spahn and Newcombe are dependable, and Spahn will utimately be a Hall of Famer. I can already see that. Also, my infield. Kryhoski/ Schoendienst/Kerr/Kell are probably the best in the majors. I plan on keeping that combo intact as long as I can.
< Message edited by KG Erwin -- 2/21/2007 1:26:46 AM >