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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Ishii a Met?

various sources are reporting that the mets and dodgers are working on a deal that would send kaz ishii to shea in exchange for jason phillips. ishii, whose first name is kazuhisa (not to be confused with kazu "o for 4" matsui), would fill the rotation spot emptied by steve traction.

now, i've seen kaz ishii up close for a couple years. this guy can be downright 1986 bobby ojeda brilliant at times, and downright frighteningly bad. before we get to the obligatory joke cliche ("let's see what guru peterson can do with him"), let's consider a few important points. first of all, he can be very wild. i'm talking zamboozled wild. do the mets want two potential ankiels in the rotation? secondly, the guy will probably have less strikeouts than kaz matsui. i'm not saying a high walks/low strikeouts pitcher can't succeed with the goofy mets, but... what the hell. yes, i am saying he can't succeed here. thirdly, and most important, the guy is very lackadaisical in his shaving habits. most of the time, he's got that drunken master stubble shit happening. mikey piazza can get away with that 10 am shadow of his, because he's promised to leave the mets after this year without a big stink, but kazuhisa? no way. that ain't gonna fly with willie.

as for jphill, i always liked him. he would be returning to a servicable role as the main backup catcher and (hopefully) get to start 50 games maximum this year. he can be great in that role. he's busting out in spring training so far. take that with a grain of salt, but he surely isn't as bad as he showed last year. losing him on top of the trade of vance wilson earlier, and we're stuck with the likes of ramon castro as the most likely backup. that's not good. if mikey starts missing games left and right as i'm sorta expecting, that's really no good.

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