Re: Red Sox Chock against lowly Blue Jays
posted at 9/8/2011 9:32 AM EDT
The key batter in that inning was Eric Thames and once Bard walked him after he got ahead 0-2 to force in a run, Bard should have been out of there. He already threw more than 30- pitches at that point and we have seen Paps get 4 outs save in the past.
Bautista's past history vs Bard is superceded by how bad Bard's command was last night and Francona should have realized that and not go just strictly on Bautista's past history vs Bard.. That is a convenient excuse for reporters afterwards...
The way Bard was going after Thames drew a tough walk, Bard was practically on fumes and seemed like he was aiming the ball and walked Bautista on 5 pitches... So it didn't matter if Bautista was 0-20 vs Bard, he was not getting him out last night and Francona should have realized that and brought in Paps for a 4 out save..
Paps was not even warming when Bard was in bases loaded nobody out jam was perplexing...
Managers are paid to make instinctive decisions based on how the game is unfolding and not just make decisons based on past stats... Even a robot can make calls based on just stats...
n Response to Re: Red Sox Chock against lowly Blue Jays
[QUOTE]The complaints about Francona are based mostly on hindsight. After the game Francona's explanation for pitching Bard against Bautista was simple: Bautista was 0 for 5 against Bard with 3 k's. Moreover, the walk that forced home the 7th run was after a long and tough at bat that started with two strikes. In retrospect, knowing what happened, I too would rather have seen Papelbon out there, but in the event there was a good rationale for leaving Bard in to face Bautista. If everyone is convinced that Bard couldn't/can't hack it in a tough situation, where does that leave this bullpen? Albers has been lousy for a month. Wheeler, who had a pretty good August, has not been very effective in September. Aceves is still pretty good, but has thrown a lot of innings because of his ability to be a long reliever. Looking ahead with guys like Lackey, Weiland, Miller, and Wake starting in the days to come--thanks to Beckett and Bedard nursing injuries--Aceves is going to be needed a lot as a long reliever, probably more than he can handle. Bottom line, while it is possible--but by no means certain-- Francona made a bad decision by not bringing in Papelbon with the score 8-7, the larger reality is that this pitching staff is close to unmanageable. Lester and the four dwarfs are the starters until Beckett and Bedard can come back. Papelbon and Bard (who can still be effective, no question) and maybe Aceves to cover for the four dwarfs. Doubront, Bowden, Albers, Morales, Wheeler, et al, are tantamount to cannon fodder.
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