Re: How is it that Farrell Leaves Doubront in for 120 pitches on bad starts, but takes him out after 93 tonight?
posted at 6/19/2013 8:50 AM EDT
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Can anyone explain this? If a guy is that electric, hadn't thrown more than 13 pitches in any inning, yet he takes him out for a closer who has been awful?
You, my fine feathered friend, have asked the question of the night. Silence covers Yawkee way in reply.
I gave 2 very logical explinations for it. Its quite obvious and a fairly easy question to answer.
I think the explanation is that it is a knee jerk reaction of many managers. We have a one run lead in the ninth , so I will bring in my closer. It was a blunder in the sense that Doubront was pitching very well and his pitch count was low. Bailey has looked very shaky of late. I think most of us did not feel confident that he could close the show. None of us can read Farrell's mind , but I doubt that wondering if we can trust Bailey as the closer going forward entered into the decision. At that point , you just want to win the game. Farrell , like many managers , felt that going with his closer was the thing to do. It was a mistake. Plain and simple. I would not try to rationalize or make excuses for it. Farrell has done an excellent job. Tonight , he made a mistake. No problem. We won. Gomes is now a made man.
I hardly think it was a "knee jerk" reaction. His PC was at 93. I wouldnt say it was low, but certainly worthy to at least start the inning. It was probably discussed with Nieves and inning or 2 earlier. Thats what is usually done. Im not making excuses. I said I thought Doubie could have gone the CG. The reasoning I gave is realistic, logical and fairly easy to understand why. Is it a mistake to put in your closer in a closing situation? Do we need to know without a shadow of a doubt that Bailey can get the job done or not?
Yes, Its good we won, but the move was hardly a mistake. The outcome wasnt good, but that doesnt make the move a mistake. We needed to know the answer to a very important question.
Good to see Gomes get the walk-off. Well deserved and needed for him.