I have been very happy with John Farrell's strategy for most of the year, and he must have had his reasons for not walking the bases loaded in the last inning last night. Yes, I have cussed him from the couch a few times on batting order choices, not bunting or not relieving a guy, but he has been in the ballpark with most of his decisions and has done a great job in the manager's seat.
Last night, however, I jumped off my trusty couch to ask him, "why the heck are you not walking Encarnarcion after he Bautista made an out??" with first base open. He had to pitch to one of these sluggers with Davis on second and no one out, but after Workman got Bautista. Well, of course we know that he did walk Encarnarcion so I calmed down for a second. But, Davis had moved to third on Bautista's out which left second base open.
I held up my four fingers to signal to Saltalamacchia just figuring they would then walk Laurie (sp?) to load the bases to give them a chance for either a force at home if they wanted to play the infield in or perhaps take their chances on a double play by playing the infield back some.
But NO, NO and NO again to the walking of these guys who make up the middle of the Toronto lineup. And, now this morning, I still cannot figure it out, but I have calmed down.
Orsillo asked Remy if it was a good idea to fill the bases with walks, and Remy said something about "a possibility", but never came out and said "Yes".
I am still pretty confused. Any thoughts?