Re: 3 off days this month- Aug 12/ Aug 22/ Aug 26....why start a AAA pitcher vs. Houston?
posted at 8/7/2013 1:02 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Good OP. I am almost slavish in my support of Farrell, who by and large for me can do no wrong.
But I just don't understand starting Wright when Workman was available. moonslav says the biggest fault was with Lavarnway. Fine. I accept that. But why take a chance with a knuckleballer when Workman was available?
I was so mad during that first inning I almost started a thread on Farrell, basically saying this was/is a good way to lose the confidence of his players. But then, just as quickly, Farrell brought Workman in to pitch the 2d inning and left Lavarnway in the game. Shortly after that, Ellsbury got the 2 run dinger and eventually the team showed they had the manager's back by driving in 15 runs. Even Lavarnway had a shot at redemption with that two run double that tied the game and put the Sox up by 1.
To repeat my basic point. With Workman the Sox already have six starters. Why was it necessary to try out a seventh, especially a knuckleballer?
workman wouldnt have even been here if Navas wife didnt go into labor. Farrell had planned this BEFORE that happened. Wright had just thrown a CG shutout and also looked great in his last 2 appearances for Boston. Wright may be 28, but he just started throwing the KBall a couple years ago full time. Workman was off his starting routine and was being used in the pen in AAA, while wright was on his regular routine. It made sense. Wake said that the ball will dance more inside, and with the roof closed last night it was all over the place. Im sure wright has little experience throwing it in a dome. Lav didnt look good last night as he was stabbing at balls and trying to backhand them instead of sliding his whole body in front of the ball...You have to let the KBall come to your glove and make last second adjustments. I know, easier said than done so Im not so upest with Lav.
With Houstons day 1 and day 3 starter just shutting down their opponents in their prior starts and last nights pitcher having close to a 6ERA and not as good, it was the right day to use Wright.
With the situation, it was the correct move IMHO. It just didnt work out. If Navs wife doesnt go into labor, this wouldnt even be a discussion.