Re: COMA NEEDS TO BE FIRED! (JK)
posted at 7/17/2011 3:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: COMA NEEDS TO BE FIRED! (JK)
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: COMA NEEDS TO BE FIRED! (JK) : "AN IMPORTANT GAME TO WIN" Can you or anyone else tell me how Francona decides which games are important to win and which are not important to win??? I realize it's after July 15th and maybe in his managerial genius mind, he feels it's time to start trying to win games. It won't be long before it's crunch time, and I for one am looking forward to the Sox bullpen being lights out during the final stretch of games. He judiciously held them back during games that weren't important to win so that he can use them to try to win the upcoming important games. Lackey doesn't hide his feelings. It's obvious that he doesn't like Francona's timing when replacing pitchers. Neither do many of us fans that know how poorly Francona's judgement is with regard to when to replace or stick with a pitcher.
Posted by BOSOX1941[/QUOTE]
LOL, I had a feeling someone would bring up the "important game to win" comment, saying that they are all important.
Of course you want to win every game possible, but as we all know, the season is a marathon, and it must be managed as such. Francona has to weigh the short term effects against the long term effects when making a decision, something that many fans don't seem to understand.
If Paps had pitched the previous 2 days, you don't bring him into the game even though the game was still an important one to win. The risk in that move outweighs the benefit. However, with Paps needing some work anyway, there really was no risk in bringing him in. Really a no brainer if you think about it.
As far as it being obvious that Lackey doesn't like Francona's timing when replacing pitchers, Lackey did the exact same thing to Scioscia a few years back. I guess the mighty Scioscia doesn't know when to replace pitchers either.
For the record, unlike Francona's move of bringing in Williams, who got the job done and kept the lead intact, Scioscia's move of removing Lackey in the aforementioned game did not. The BP imploded. And Lackey had pitched brilliantly in that game, I might add.