Game 2 at Fenway, 6th inning. Papi has just hit what should have been the game-winning homerun. Cards have 9 outs left. You have to protect your lead.
Here's what you have to do.
First, Lackey's pitch count in in the nineties. Very short lease. One baserunner and he's out. If one baserunner gets on, bring in Breslow right away. He's a lefty and can hold a baserunner close so he won't try to steal. If two baserunners get on, his being a lefty isn't as much of a foactor in holding a runner close to second.
Second, know Salty's track record for throwing out baserunners and you have one of the best catchers for throwing baserunners out in David Ross. You have to get him in the game immediately.
Here's what happens.
Farrell leaves Lackey in one batter too long. 2 men on, nobody out. A lot tougher job for reliever.
Farrell leaves Salty in. He can't even manage a throw to third on a double steal and then he botches Gomes throw, which leads to Breslow's throwing error.
Have we got a manager here or what?
Game 3, Farrell sends Salty behind the plate again. Hello? Anybody home? The treadmill is spinning, but the hamster's dead.
Salty blows in the ninth with a bonehead play, but that's not the real problem. The real problem was the bonehead/moronic/idiotic/duma_s/ decision to have him there in the ninth inning in the first place. Ross should be behind the plate. End of story.
Don't pinch hit for Drew with runners on 1st and third and no outs and then pinch hit for him with no one on base?
Let Workman hit and pitch the ninth instead of sending in Uehara to start the inning?
Don't intentionally walk the batter to load the bases to get the double play to save the game?
Farrell doesn't have a clue. He's managing like a chicken with its head cut off.
If the Red Sox win this series it will be DESPITE Farrell.
Francoma, Valentine and now this. Just one fry short of a Happy Meal. Man, my past lives must have been pretty horrible to deserve this.
P.S. To all the Francona worshippers out there, sorry to burst your bubble, but the Sox won the 2007 World Series DESPITE him. He was a great clubhouse guy, but he was horrible with his pitchers, pulling them too soon or leaving them in too long. And while we're on the subject of bonehead moves, remember how good Jacoby Ellsbury was in that postseason? Can't you also remember how Francona refused to play him until the series against Cleveland was nearly lost (and while almost all of New England (and parts of Canada) was tearing its collective hair out and calling for his head?) Or perhaps you choose not to remember.
There was practically no way he could lose with the loaded roster he had, but he still managed to almost blow it.