I've been able to watch most of the games this season. And I wonder about a few things concering Kaz. Maybe you guys have some opinions or knowledge.
First, I know supposedly he is/was faster to first base than Ichirro, which to me isnt true. That being the case he is supposed to be fast, why isnt he even attempting to steal bases when he gets on? I realize hitting 2nd with Reyes batting first there will be times that Jose is on and if he gets on he wont be able to steal, or even attempt. But it still concerms me.
Secondly, after not getting to see any of ST and hearing how well Kaz looked at the plate, at times he looks lost up there. Swinging at pitches that arent even close to being strikes. Now I know with the other Matsui (Hideki) he struggled with splitters, but Kaz seems to struggle with breaking balls. Which I thought was more prevalent in Japanese baseball.
And this last one is more general, but I keep hearing how "aggresive" Randolph is, but I really dont see them attempting that many more steals or being aggresive on the basepaths. I saw a game earlier this season, and I cant remember the team, but guys were tagging up at first and going to second on pop flies. To me, thats being aggresive. And I would guess we have at least 4, possibly 5 guys who could do it when they are on. Reyes, Matsui, Beltran, Wright, and Diaz.
I am happy with Diaz, and I hope he gets most of the starts in right field, or maybe left. With Mike coming back soon (I hope) and Floyd his usual injury prone self he could get a lot of playing time, not as much as a full time starting position but its a good start.
Another thing that has been a pleasant surprise is Ishii. Now I doubt Peterson has worked miracles, but dang the man is looking good out there. I have missed both of Zambrano's starts and havent seen him this year. How has he looked?
Finally the bullpen, Hernandez looks to be a great pickup so far, will he keep it up? I must also say I was glad to see Franco pitching to us, and not for us these games. Also, Aybar seems a bit wild, I know he throws hard but I think he has a tendency to overthrow. Looper seems to have recovered well from that first outing. I cant say much about DeJean, hope he gets it together. How long do you think before Heath Bell comes up and grabs a spot in the bullpen, after hearing how well he did in ST I am rather excited about that also. I've only seen Koo pitch once this year so far, but he looked good. Havent seen Heredia or Matthews yet, but I probably forgot if I did. I thought Heredia was going to get a lot of use at the start of the season.
Anyway, Go METS! I am enjoying watching the guys immensely despite some concerns I have.