Re: Gamethread Thursday Atlanta Braves @ Boston
posted at 5/29/2014 11:18 PM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
ugh another example of poor management from farrell. Why wait and pinch hit ortiz once there is already 2 outs? pinch hit him for gomes when there is no out and a runner on 3rd.
No, pretty sure that's a bad idea. If they send Papi up for Gomes, they walk papi and bring in a lefty to face Sizemore and Nava.
Sizemore faces the lefty anyway, so the only difference is that you'd have Nava facing a lefty instead of Gomes facing a righty. Loading the bases is an advantage, but Gomes v a righty is much, much, much better than having Nava face a lefty.
All good points, Joe, and you're probably right that pinch hitting for Gomes with no outs and runners on 1st and 3rd would have prompted an intentional walk by the Braves and then bringing in a lefty. But where I differ with you is that I would still prefer 3 chances with no outs and the bases loaded by Sizemore, Nava, and Ross.
And if you're so down on Nava, how about letting Sizemore hit, he strikes out, and then pinch hit for Nava with Jonathan Herrera and have him lay down a bunt. Either, with one out, the Braves must turn a double play, or at least get the runner at home, or the run scores. If they don't get the double play, but do get the runner at home, it still gives Ross a shot at knocking in the winning run.
This is why I have always found the game of baseball to be so fascinating. Coulda, woulda, shoulda!
Thanks for the exchange in thinking.