Archive for May 20th, 2008

Schmidt: I Wanna Get In There And Pitch

May 20, 2008

I had originally planned on running this today under the assumption that Josh Schmidt would still be around…he’s tentatively been sent to Tampa…but this is what it looked like, without any changes made to it.

It isn’t that Trenton Thunder reliever Josh Schmidt doesn’t want to pitch.

He just hasn’t really had the opportunity.

After a standout performance during the exhibition game on April 1st, Schmidt has appeared in just eight games.  He’s had as long as a 12-day gap between outings, and it will have been seven days since he last appeared when the Thunder start their six-game road trip in Reading on Tuesday.

“Obviously, I wanna get in there and pitch,” Schmidt told me Saturday.

“It’s not my role right now, so it’s not really anything I can control.  I just have to stay prepared, and pitch as well as I can when I get out there.”

For the most part, Schmidt has pitched well: He’s 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings of work.  But he may be coming off of his worst outing, where he allowed a run on three hits and three walks on Tuesday against Portland.

But considering how infrequently he’s been used, the 25-year-old Californian is finding it hard to not press when he does get out there.

“It’s difficult, but you’ve just got try to stay relaxed and stay prepared.  That’s about all I can do,” he said.

With pitchers like Anthony Claggett and Mark Melancon on the staff — guys who are on a set program to throw every few days — innings for guys like Schmidt and Eric Wordekemper have been few and far between lately.

Although Schmidt’s role is unlikely to change in the near future, he does have a strategy on how he can get more innings.

“I think just pitch well and take advantage of the opportunities that I get out there,” Schmidt said.

“I just have to shut the other team down when I can and keep our team in games in whatever opportunity I’m given.”

Of the relievers on the staff, Schmidt has the lowest velocity — his fastball is generally in the mid 80’s — but Schmidt himself is uncertain if that is a factor in his current role.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t really know, because they don’t really tell me,” Schmidt said.

“They don’t really talk to you about that unless your v-lo (velocity) changes for some reason, they don’t really talk to you about it a whole lot.  I honestly don’t know, I think it’s mostly about getting outs.  I hope it’s not about v-lo.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 44: Trenton @ Reading

May 20, 2008

NEWS: Chad Jennings is reporting that Dan McCutchen has been called up to Scranton, while Bo Hall has been sent down to Trenton. Obviously, I will not be calling Dan until something’s official…

Jennings is also reporting, via John Nalbone, that Alfredo Aceves is on his way to Trenton and Josh Schmidt is off the roster.

Game 44 – Trenton Thunder @ Reading Phillies
May 20, 2008
FirstEnergy Stadium – Reading, PA

Pitching Matchup: REA Kip Bouknight (3-4, 3.33) vs. TRE Phil Coke (2-1, 3.77) Alfredo Aceves (Debut)

Starting Lineups: If the game ever gets underway, I won’t be able to post the starting lineups until some time late tonight…I’m actually pretending to have a social life tonight and will be heading out to dinner, etc.

Trenton

1 – Pena
2 – Jackson
3 – Curtis
4 – Gonzalez
5 – Ehlers
6 – Tabata
7 – Pilittere
8 – Russo
9 – Corona

Reading

1 –
2 –
3 –
4 –
5 –
6 –
7 –
8 –
9 –

Pre-Game Notes: Lots of roster moves before this one, see above…

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

Final Score: 3-0, Thunder. 

Post-Game Notes: So, Alfredo Aceves.  Yeah.  He would appear to be good.  It would also appear he’s screwed up the projected rotation, too.  Anyway, one walk and five hits with seven K’s in seven innings.  Mark Melancon then pitched three innings for the win.

Anyone who wants to come to the ballpark to see Aceves pitch…well, scratch that plan.  If the rotation stays as is, he won’t pitch in Trenton until June.

Thunder Thoughts: I’d assume everyone gets pushed back a day…Coke goes tomorrow, etc.

I cracked triple digits in bowling tonight.  Not that it’s particularly relevant to anything…but, you know.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Scott Aldred On: Anthony Claggett

May 20, 2008

You may remember our series of interviews with Scott Aldred from a few weeks back, where he discussed each of his starters and the progress that each had been making.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Aldred about his relievers, and — to be conveniently posted on days when the team is on the road — here’s the start of that series.

Ashmore: So we’ve talked about the starters a few weeks back, let me ask you about the relievers. What are your thoughts on Anthony Claggett so far?

Aldred: “Well, I haven’t really seen him a whole lot, so I’m still trying to learn him myself. He’s got a nice arm. He sinks the ball a little bit, and he’s got a nice slider. He’s got a pretty good changeup, too.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com