Re: bet it was 2011 redux for TITO!
posted at 5/31/2013 3:39 PM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to eggplants's comment:
Hfxsoxnut, The game we're talking about happened Sunday.While Ellsbury's career stats might be what you claim them to be, this year he's about 50 percentage points weaker against LH'ers than RH'ers. For me, that's enough to ask Kazimer if he's up to throw 2-3 pitches to Ells and if not I come with the other lefty available. As far as Maddon and Showalter are concerned, same situation, I don't think either one ops for the RH'er. 8 hitters came to the plate for the Sox bottom of the ninth. The game was still winable for the Tribe. He comes with Smith, a RH'er, after his closer throws 30+ pitches and blows his arm out and hits the DL the next day.
So what if Smith is a right-hander? He's got an ERA of 1.00! Ellsbury got him this time and we won, but it doesn't mean Smith was a horrible choice.
As for Kazmir, about the only time you would see a starter brought in is if it was a playoff game.
See right there is why the complaint has no credibility. No manager is going to warm up a starter, let alone bring him in, when the closer comes into a regular-season game in May with a three-run lead.
And you're right in your other post when you say he assumes that his moves was guaranteed to be successful. That's the problem with this second-guessing. It's always coached in terms that the move that "should have been made" was guaranteed to work.
The fact of the matter is that even if Tito started warming up a pitcher with no one on and the bases loaded, by the time the pitcher was ready, it would have been when there was two outs and the Indians still leading. In that case again -- in a regular-season game in May, no manager removes his closer like that.
With a three-run lead, even if there are some baserunners, if he's still getting outs, the manager will let a run or two score. It came down to the two outs and the Indians still leading and managers are going to keep the closer in the game in that situation.