Re: Bard, what the phuc are u doing????;;
posted at 5/9/2012 2:41 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bard, what the phuc are u doing????;;
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Bard, what the phuc are u doing????;; : You nailed it....With Bard it is between the ears..He appears to not really undertstand the art of pitching..(what works & what doesn't)...He gets Stupid Uptight with guys on base. I do not have the patience to watch him & Doubront take Pitching 101 classes, in games that count.....I know Eck was losing his mind with Bard throwing to 1st with no results other than balks, walks, & totally losing his concentrtation & release point........
Posted by roberr48[/QUOTE]
He had enough trouble finding a release point early in the game. He never found it in the eighth.
I know that Moon ( and others ) expressed deep reservations about shifting Bard from the pen to the rotation, and also expressed concern that if Bard does not cut it in the rotation he might not easily slide back into the pen. I expect that he'll get another chance to start. Maybe more than one. Same with Buchholz. But Bard, at the very least, needs a woodshed session on how to pitch to p and j hitters leading off the eighth when you have a one run-lead on the road. It's fine to baby pitchers along and support their development, and all that, but there are also times when they need to be taken by the ears, just so there is an echo in those ears the next time the situation arises. If the echo rattles them, they shouldn't be on the mound. That is no place for faint hearts.
I'm not saying that Bard has a faint heart, just that he needs to be challenged nose to nose and then tested. Whether he belongs in the rotation needs to be decided sooner than later. It's far from too late. The Sox can still be in this thing.
It's curious that people sitting at their computers and armed with numbers purport to know better than Valentine, McClure, and probably Shoppach when a pitcher is gassed, or even when a pitcher should be pushed for good reasons.
( Like the time that Tito agreed with Valentine that Bard should have pitched to Longoria. ) Book soldiers have their uses, but only when they pay careful attention to reports from the front. Or from people who've been at the front.
Off topic a bit, but recall that McNamara and his numbers brigades -- the "whiz kids" -- were running the Vietnam War from desks in Washington. Enough said, because that topic can still set people off.