Re: Thank You Manager Jim for Your Signature Move of Incompetence: Series Tied 1-1
posted at 10/15/2013 7:18 AM EDT
In response to nhsteven's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
You're suggesting that Leyland walk in a run intentionally? Think I've only seen that once in 40+ years of watching.
That would have been the right move, and I thought that before the fact; oh, and letting Scherzer start the 8th. This pitch count obssession nowadays, especially in the PS, is ridiculous.
I know it was a different time, but Gibson or Koufax would have never come out of that game; they both pitched CG Victories in Game 7 on 1 day rest, and won. Gibson tired in the end, but finished. Koufax had no curve, his best pitch, so only threw spotted fastballs after the first inning, and won 2-0, with 10Ks.
There are a couple of issues with that.
1-This isn't the WS. Scherzer still has 3 starts to make. If Scherzer throws 130 pitches, and they win 4-0, then Leyland gets excoriated for keeping him in in a game they won easily.
2-Back in the old days, a WS check might be 50% of your salary for the year. There is a monetary motivation then, but not now. Like it or not, guys like Scherzer might be looking at $100M contracts. If I were a player, I couldn't just ignore that.
3-I think it is a bench decision. We don't really know how tired he was. I don't even know the 7th inning velocity.
4-Having said that, I'd have probably tried to squeeze 1-2 more batters out of him and tried to go straight from Scherzer to a 4-5 out save. Still, the BP is supposed to be able to protect a 4-run lead for one inning.