As I watched Ronny Cedeno bobble an easy double play ball last night, late in the game, a question crossed my mind: how short should the leash be on Cedeno?
That's not because of one play. Two nights in a row Cedeno made a poor play on an easy double play grounder, and in both cases he put the Pirates at risk of blowing a late lead. On Sunday he threw wild to second, sending the ball in to right field, and putting the tying run on third with one out. Last night he tried to make the toss too quickly, and bobbled the ball while fielding it.
The question wasn't really because of two plays. I'm not going to make much, good or bad, out of the small sample size we've been given in the early part of the season. Evan Meek has struggled two outings in a row, but I'm not concerned, as he had a great year in 2010, which easily trumps his poor performance in two of three appearances this year. However, Cedeno isn't like Meek. We'v...
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