Re: Farrell is Becoming very Inconsistent in his moves.
posted at 8/21/2013 10:04 AM EDT
In response to ADG's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
I questioned taking peavy out as well ADG. I didnt mind using Breslow in that situation either, but I personally would have let Peavy pitch to a guy who was 0-2 against him. Farrell has made some very head scratching moves and given some lame excuse as to why.
You know me ADG. Im usually pretty fair and try to understand why a move was made. Recently Farrell has made me question his use of the pitching staff.
Dempster having one of his best games gets yanked after 88 pitches in favor of Taz, who has had issues with Toronto. Then allowing Dempster to go 107 pitches against NY when he should have never come out for the 6th inning. Pulling Peavy after 5 2/3 after only giving up 5 hits and 1 run. Not letting Koji get 4 outs for us last night and instead use a pitcher who has walked 35 batters in 42IP in a very high pressure situation. 2 outs bottom 9th bases loaded. I could think of a couple more, but these are the most recent one that are not logically defensible. I knew who was available in each situation, heard his reasoning as to why he made the move and it just seemed like spin to me.
As far as Papi. He was pretty sore from what I read, so I dont mind the big guy getting a full day off. Hes almost 38 and never plays the field. That, and the lack of sleep and long flight, I dont mind him sitting this one out.
southpaw - I agree with you. You also don't rip me like other posters do. They think I'm not a fan, but indeed passionate, played through college and understand the game.
The other think bothering me about not using Uehara is that I believe in the last week, he has thrown exactly 13 pitches. The 'saving him for a save situation' is s complete bs excuse because he's done it before this year. And as I stated, if he holds them, and the Sox by chance score in the 10th, isn't that a 'save-like situation'? Absolutely yes.
Thats why I didnt buy the lame excuse farrell gave. You have to get to extras before you can win and Koji gave you the best chance to do that. He could have ended that inning with 3-4 pitches. Villareal is a walking machine and was the absolute last option in that situation.
Koji goes 4 outs, if it goes further you have Britton give you as many IP as he can depending on PC. Probably 2-3IP. THEN if you need another arm you let Villareal start a fresh IP, which would be either the 13th or 14th depending on Britton.. At some point I might even consider Workman to give me yet another IP, depending on the situation. At this time of the year you have to do what it takes to give the team the best chance to win. You cant play for tomorrow. This is where overworking guys early in the year comes back to bite you. With Dempster on suspension, I dont think using another starter would be a wise move either. Koji was the obvious choice there. It was a dumb move that cant be logically defended IMO.