Re: Why Did Tim Wakefield Start Game 1 of the 2004 World Series? Give Me One Good Reason!
posted at 4/2/2013 2:15 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Pedro Martinez pitched an inning of relief in Game 7.
No, in a blowout, Pedro threw 20 pitches as part of his normal side session.
Bronson Arroyo, who was bombed by the Yankees in his Game 3 start but pitched well in two relief appearances, stayed in the bullpen.
Arroyo was the better option, without a doubt. He wasn't facing the Yankees.
Thank goodness Wakefield's relief appearance prevented him from starting Game 4 of the ALCS, but that's not a good reason to start him in game 1 of the 2004 WS.
Hey, I thought Wakefield could pitch in relief and that didn't matter if started the next day? Whatever happened to that nonsense, along with "innings eater"?
Why did the Red Sox treat Wakefield like special privileged royalty, when he was so bad?
(Your obsession with Wake is unhealthy and absurd.)
Just because you may not like the "reason", doesn't mean there is none.
Wake had the 4th best starter ERA on the team in 2004.
Wake had the 4th best starter WHIP on the team in 2004.
Wake had pitched very well in the 2003 playoffs, except for one pitch.
Wake let up 0-3 ERs in 6 of his last starts in 2004, including a game vs the Yanks. "Look at the game logs," is one of your favorite drivel chants.
10/18 Pedro 111 pitches
10/19 Schill 99 pitches
10/20 DLowe 69 pitches/Pedro 20 pitches
10/23 Wake pitched instead of Pedro on normal rest, if you don't count the relief game.
Again, look at the log:
2nd Inning: Bunt single to 3B, BB, Bunt sac, Sac Fly: WOW! They really tagged Wake.
4th inning: BB, Passed Ball, BB, BB, Sac Fly, Groundout run scores. Tagged again!
Maybe the guy you wanted was Arroyo? He comes in in the 6th: single, line drive 2B, GB 2B- 2 hard runs in 1 IP.
Maybe you wanted Pedro game 1, Schill game 2, and Lowe game 3, then who game 4? Arroyo? Pedro on short rest? (Not a good history there.)
I can see the argument for starting Pedro or Arroyo, but we got the win.