Re: So far, two earlier big time chokes by Napoli, then Peavy
posted at 9/5/2013 10:49 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Now we are down to one play sample size definitive judgements.
Peavy has pitched great for us.
Napoli is in the hottest 1/3rd players in MLB. (65th out of 228 in OPS over the last 30 days).
Nonsense. I was commenting on what happened and, limited to that alone, was correct. Overall I have recognized and commented on Peavys value to the team. This did not prevent him from letting Jeter off the hook and bringing up the much, much better hitter, Cano, with the bases loaded. As for Napoli, like the movie title says, he has trouble with the curve and everyone knows it. I no doubt overreacted, but he just looked at hanging curve balls, fat pitches, not pitches on the corners.
When it's September inYankee stadium, it's time to raise your game a little.
I dont really fault Farrell for sending peavy out, but do question sending Thornton out first with 2 on and no outs in the 7th. He has one hold and one loss for the season and is not reliable.
Finally, with the horses out of the barn, Breslow, who is reliable, gets to pitch. 7 pitches, 3 outs. not all the blame can be put on Farrell, not by a long shot. He simply has a lousy bullpen, but I think he could have managed it better.