Re: Loved the decision to pitch Lackey in the 8th
posted at 10/28/2013 10:05 AM EDT
In response to Sheriff-Rojas' comment:
Of course, it all worked out, so it's easy to support this decision now. Still, I was stoked when I saw him warming up and thought it was a great decision for several reasons:
1. I don't trust Tazawa to hold the lead.
THIS IS A RIDICULOUS STATEMENT, THE GUY HAS KEPT SO MANY KEY LEADS WITH CLUTCH K'S AND DOUBLE PLAYS, I MORE THAN WANT HIM OUT THERE WITH GAME ON THE LINE. HELL, HE DID IT V. HOLLIDAY FOR HIS ONLY BATTER.
2. They need to conserve Koji.
THIS IS THE WORLD SERIES, YOU DON'T CONSERVE A LIGHTS-OUT CLOSER
3. Lackey has two days off before Game 6. It's like he's getting his bullpen work in as scheduled, but under real game conditions. Plus, his workload in Game 2 wasn't overly heavy. He should still be effective in Game 6.
IT WAS A GREAT MOVE, AND IT WORKED
4. It was convenient in double switching the pitcher's spot with Napoli after they decided to pinch run for Papi. They could have switched around other players, but they wouldn't want to have to have Koji hit if they had to bring him in early in the 8th if Tazawa looked vulnerable (a strong possibility).
AGAIN THE RIP ON TAZAWA, UNCALLED FOR...
5. Outside of Koji, he was clearly the best man for the job. Outside of Tazawa, we're looking at a choice between Workman, Morales, and Dempster. Workman is not a bad choice, but he threw 30 pitches in Game 3. He will likely be needed for Game 5 and beyond. Plus, Lackey has already proven himself against this lineup. The only question was could he do it in an unfamiliar role.
Lackey has already been to the top of mountain. He may very well carry his teammates with him there again.
IT WAS A LOGICAL PLAY TO USE HIM, BETTER PLAY THAT THEY USED DOUBRONT LIKE THEY DID