Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lefty Matt Needs Moore Love From Catcher Position

Baseball is a business. You sometimes have to trade fan favorites to get players that best suit the needs of the team. But what happened when the Giants traded Matt Duffy for Matt Moore really exposed a flaw in baseball.

Unfortunately, for Matt Moore, both games he has pitched as a San Francisco Giant his receiver/catcher was Trevor Brown. Brown is a rookie and nowhere near the catcher Moore needs to find his comfort level as a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

All I heard was how the Giants didn't want to trade Matt Duffy but felt, 'at the end of the day,'  (societies new catchall phrase for just about everything) he had to be dealt to get the kind of pitcher needed to get the Giants into the playoffs and beyond.

If that's so why isn't Buster catching him? Trevor Brown has proven to be a very reliable batter but as a catcher he is not so well-equipped. And this is understandable because he is a rookie who hasn't played catcher all that long in his young career and that is exactly what puzzles me.  Why is the guy the Giants absolutely had to have and at the expense of Matt Duffy, pitching to a rookie?

A rookie who hasn't honed his craft to steal the occasional strike from the umpire who may not really know a "strike" from a "ball". Happens often enough that coaches or managers should know better than to leave a rookie in a position where he isn't getting the "breaks" his counterpart is receiving, right?

In order for Matt Moore to have his best opportunity to succeed he needs the best receiver catching his pitches. If they have to sign a wily old vet to handle these duties, so Buster can get his needed rest, then do it. Trevor Brown is not the guy at this point and time. And I say this because TOO MANY UMPIRES DO NOT KNOW A STRIKE FROM A BALL and games often come down to pitch count or a fourth strike the batter doesn't miss. (Fourth strike? Yep, that's when the ump missed a couple of pitches during an at-bat and those paying attention know the batter got a gift.)

Kevin J. Marquez