Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 11/8/2013 8:23 PM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I think it had more to do with the two throws than not hitting.
Salty got a huge hit in the playoffs...same as Gomes. Just one.
One stayed in- the other was benched.
Gomes actually had 3 big hits. Besides the 3 run homer:
-He had the leadoff single that led to Salty driving him in for the winning run in ALCS Game 2.
-He had a leadoff double off Scherzer before Victorino's grand slam in ALCS Game 6.
Nava had the big hit to break up the no-no, and the game was still in doubt at the time. Because nobody knocked him in, it didn't count, I guess.
Your comparison was between Salty and Gomes.
True, and I meant to mention that.
So then, back to Salty. He was one of our top "Late and Close" hitters last year and came on strong at the end of this season in that area. It's not totally his fault nobody brought him home after getting on base....
Salty had a big 2B in game 1 vs the Rays (2 RBI) to break it open and set the tone.
Game 2 vs Detroit down 1 game to 0 and tied 5-5 in the 9th: Salty gets a walk off single.
Game 4: run scoring single a game we lost.
WS Game 2 down 1-0, Salty drew a leadoff walk and got stranded.
Game 3: Man on 3rd down 2-0, Salty walked. A FC brought in a run after.
Certainly Gomes had some big hits, but my point was about Salty being benched more for his 2 bad throws than his lack of hitting or "big hits".