Re: But they put on a suicide squeeze
posted at 7/26/2011 7:30 PM EDT
In Response to Re: But they put on a suicide squeeze
[QUOTE]There are not too many things that can go wrong with a squeeze play, but not getting the sign is a big one. Obviously had Scutaro gotten the sign and I have always been a proponent of acknowledging the receipt of a sign, he would not have tried so hard to avoid getting hit by the pitch. The Royals pitcher did exactly what he was supposed to do. Pitchers are taught to throw at the batter if they see someone break for the plate. Now, had the sign been picked up, the outcome had 2 other options. 1. Scutaro gets his bat on the ball and it's fair or foul, but he is still at bat. 2. He tries to bunt and because he is planted there to bunt it, it's likely he gets hit. That way, Reddick goes back to 3rd and we have another baserunner. Unfortunately for Marco, he then proceeds to rip one off the wall, which would of course allowed Reddick to crawl home and the game is over. Being irritated that he missed the sign made him try to stretch it into a double and was out by 10 feet. As bad as this series of events were, there were at least 4 other opportunities to win this game and imho, the batters all failed miserably. I have been thrilled with how CC has played over the past 6 games, but when he was hitting an inning earlier with a runner on third he was just pitiful. He did not swing at one strike, yet he struck out, even if the 3rd strike was a crappy call. He looked so over anxious that he had no chance to even put the ball in play. That was the win. He likely would have walked and Reddick then hit it to the track, again, game over, Sox win. I was very impressed with the Royals pitching and they had some relievers that had really unusual deliveries that for seeing the first time, I was suprised that the Sox even made contact.
I just hate losing games when you have so many chances to win. That's quite different that being outplayed or over-matched. We lost a game that should have kept the lead at 3 games. Different story tonite. I predict that the team hits again and we add another game with 10 runs to the already impressive record of huge wins. Miller has been a nice, albeit inconsistent addition. If the weather holds, I predict a nice 6 inning performance and another solid BP group for the Sox. Just my thoughts.
Posted by odessagolfer
Which is my beef about the call in the first place. Anybody who has ever faced a submarine pitcher knows how tough it is to gauge the delivery.
For Tito to call it on the first pitch from an unknown pitcher was not wise. Let Scut at least see one pitch to get a better idea of how to approach him. The element of surprise is not lost by taking the first pitch. If it's a ball, you have an edge. If it's a strike, Scut sees the delivers and has another shot.
The timing of the call is what I question. As I said last night, Tito probably surprised his own
players more so than the opposition!