Kevin here with a final update from Monday’s game with the Marlins:
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Chan Ho Park was a rollercoaster. He was good early, got a little wild, completely lost his composure and then lost the life on his fastball, leading to a pair of tape-measure home runs.
Odds are Chan Ho won’t get another start. At least, that was the sense in the locker room after the game. Sometimes reporters have a knee-jerk reaction to things like this. But I tend to agree.
It was a pretty awkward postgame. During the interviews, a reporter from Korea reminded Randolph that Jose Valentin was hurt and then asked “Would Valentin have caught that ball” in reference to the third-inning line drive that Damion Easley dropped, opening the door for the five runs.
Then with Park in the interview room, he was asked two questions he didn’t particularly appreciate: 1. Would you give yourself another chance to start after tonight’s performance?; and 2. Did you think you can still pitch in the big leagues?
Park was clearly bothered by the line of questioning. He actually said at one point “You might be laughing at me, but I’m trying my hardest.” Kind of felt bad for the guy.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ As I pointed out during the game, David Wright is struggling and the Shea Stadium crowd is getting restless. He got booed after a key strikeout in the seventh and was booed again after his ground out in the ninth.
Wright is 4 for his last 36 (.111). He’s swinging at terrible pitches and is visibly frustrated.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Carlos Beltran is locked in right now. He went 4 for 5 tonight with a home run. Usually a slow starter, he finished the month hitting .356 with six homers, 23 HRs and 17 RBI.
Aside from the injury stuff, there was not much else going on at Shea tonight. I believe John will be returning to work this week. Enjoy.