It’s a Monday and we’re writing a letter, which is not uncommon here at Aaron Miles’ Fastball. This one, however, is not a love letter.
Not after last night’s St. Louis Cardinals loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Because we have some questions.
Like, what is the deal with your choice of relievers? Specifically, where is Joe Kelly?
Also, can you just give Mitchell Boggs a nice, long break?
And can you get past this bunting fascination — please? Or do you really think it’s successful?
Another: where is Joe Kelly?
And, oh yeah, WHERE IS JOE KELLY?
Obviously Joe Kelly is the hot topic — which makes sense when you have a guy who two months ago was in the mix for the fifth starter role. He’s a valuable piece of the bullpen now that Shelby Miller is in the rotation where he should be. But, and maybe this just makes sense to us, Joe kind of needs to pitch to demonstrate that value.
Sure, it’s great that Derek Lilliquist told you Joe is “a Ferrari sitting in the garage.” And, though I’m no car expert, it doesn’t seem like a Ferrari provides much benefit when it’s not being used. Yeah, maybe it’s impressive to the neighbors when they can see it, sitting there all nice and shiny — but isn’t a Ferrari more impressive when it’s out on the highway getting some action?