Re: Workman AB
posted at 10/27/2013 11:52 AM EDT
In response to scubber's comment:
In response to S5's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
I was and am fine with sending Workman out to hit in the top of the 9th with one man out. Game was tied and sure looked to be going into extra innings. After Workman, there were just two relievers in the bullpen, Uehara and Dempster. The intent was clearly to have Workman finish the 9th, then hand off to Uehara. Plus I seriously doubt Napoli was going to hit Rosenthal.
If Salty does not stupidly throw down to 3B, Uehara is a good bet to get Kozma and the Sox out of the 9th with Vic, Pedroia, and Ortiz coming to bat in the 10th.
I would have been tempted, as moonslav says, to keep Doubront in and let him hit. But later I realized that Doubront threw just 25 pitches and would have been available for game 4 or 5. If he had stayed in until his next at bat, he would not have been available again. He is better than the other long reliever for the WS, Dempster.
IMO Farrell played this right. Taking Dubront out saved him for some innings in Game 4 - which we also need to win. The situation with Buch being what it is, we may need all the pitching we can get in Game 4.
As to allowing Workman to hit, that was the right move with one out and nobody on base. I'm confident that if there'd been someone on base Workman wouldn't have been batting. Having Workman hit allowed him to come out and pitch the 9th, and stay there until he got into trouble. Which is what happened. Had he gotten through the 9th we'd have had the top of our order coming up and Koji to pitch, probably until his arm fell off or one team won the game, whichever came first.
But the inning before, Farrell PH for Doubront with 2 outs and nobody on. So one is the absolute right move, then what about the other one, what is the right thinking that makes one the right move but the other is not? Then he also PH for Drew with Middlebrook, why take out your best SS when there is a lot more to go when Middlebrook has also been struggling so much? Why throw so many bats out early and sacrifice defense and at the same time leaving Salty in with Ross known as the better defensive player in a tie game of a world series game? Every single moves blew up, Bogaerts did not make a very important play, Breslow again made mistakes, Middlebrook gave nothing on offense and gave suspect defense, Salty gave nothing on offense and made terrible mistake.
As I said in my prior post, taking Dubront out when Farrell did saves Dubront for some innings in Game 4. I have no problem with that. I'l confess to being a bit nervous when Workman came in, but once again it was the right call.
As for PH for Drew with Middlebrooks... *I* wouldn't have done that because I'm a defense-oriented guy. I've said all along that there's no way I'd have an inexperienced SS at that position in the playoffs. However, as was pointed out to me, the Red Sox put more emphasis on offense than they do on defense so from THEIR perspective it was the right thing to do.
The same with Salty vs. Ross. In spite of the small sample size of the playoffs, while Ross is the superior defensive player Salty is the superior offensive player. The manager went with the offense. When you live by the sword you die by the sword.