Re: why not have napoli catch
posted at 10/25/2013 8:48 AM EDT
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
In response to Archer1's comment:
Napoli can't catch as he is our first baseman - to state the obvious. But without sounding like the softest of soft ones, Salty's defensive lapses last night directly cost us runs in the 7th and possibly the game. Not being able to even make a throw to third with a lefty at the plate on that double steal is awful. He had a nice pitch to throw on, but fumbled the transfer. Then he lazily tries to reach for the throw from left which subsequently leads to Breslow cluelessly throwing to third and costing another run. If he isn't going to hit - which he has struggled to do save for the game winning single - I'd rather have Ross back there.
Game 2 Goats
1) Breslow (I don't think he was warm)
2) Salty (terrible defense)
3) Farrell (for not bringing out Breslow to face the first lefty in the seventh after Lackey walked the lead off man. Of course after seeing how Breslow looked it wouldn't have made a difference. The announcers even said that Jay was terrible against lefties and that he essentially did all of his production against righties, but Farrell was afraid to anger Big John and he left him in there unfortunately. )
#3 or Farrell should have left Lackey to try to get out of the jam himself instead Breslow walking the first batter he faced.
We can continue debating on whether Lackey stays or bring in Breslow to face a lefty right after the first out.
But you re right that the better choice is to bring in Breslow to face Jay (whatever is his name).
Still the biggest problem so far is the bottom of the line up. They are so horrible. I wouldnt be surprise that Middlebrook and Ross are back in the lineup for game #3.
Well Farrell did leave him in and we saw how it ended. It made all the sense in the world to come with Breslow there. Jon Jay can't hit lefties, Daniel Descalso can't hit period, Carpenter is a lefty, and Beltran is much worse from the right side. Lackey had nothing else to prove in that game. He held the Cards at bay for 6 strong innings and was nearing a hundred pitches. Farrell could have nipped the bud before it blossomed for the Cardinals by pulling him right after the lead off walk. Also, a lefty on the mound can control the running game better, too. It's all so speculative given that you don't know how the inning would have unfolded differently - I just know that I was talking to my TV screen saying "Breslow" time after the walk.
Of course, I acknowledged that Breslow struggled with command right about of the gate and didn't look like himself. I'm guessing on a cold night and rushing to get warm that he wasn't completely loose once he got on the mound. Come to think about it - maybe he didn't come in for Lackey to face Jay because he wasn't ready. But then Nieves/Salty should have bought him time with a mound visit. Ahhh the speculation!
As for the bottom of the lineup - Drew is a black hole, but his defense has been terrific. I still like Bogaerts' plate approach over Middlebrooks'. Though maybe what this team needs is a good ol' fashioned first pitch swinger in the lineup like Middlebrooks. I would go with Ells/Vic/Ped/Ortiz/Nap/Nava/Bog/Drew/Ross.