treebird wrote:Hairyducked Idiot wrote:jersey cubs fan wrote:
21 pitches is not just 21 pitches when it is spread out across multiple innings. He had to warm up and come in the game, then pitch. Then he had to sit and wait, warm up again and pitch another inning. At this point he's done. He should not come back. But Joe tried to make him sit through another long inning, then planned on having him warm up and pitch again.
It was a stupid risk. They should have gone for the runs. They should not have risked their pitcher's arm by bringing him back for a third inning. That alone was reason enough to make the change, but bases loaded with 1 out is absolutely time to take him out.
You can't prove how much more wacky and clever you are if you do the obvious thing.
i don’t even necessarily disagree with the idea behind it, but i think it’s absolutely true that part of the appeal of letting strop bat there is because of how fun it would be and how much the team would like it if he got the run in or even got a hit. joe likes to put his players in unique situations and the players like it too.
i have a lot more qualms with letting strop pitch another inning than i do with letting him take the at bat and trying to get a hit.
yea. the sandwiched day game at DC with the threat of a hurricane w/o any decency from the MLB front office, I can see Maddon wanting to let them have some fun. And maybe Joe never intended him to pitch anymore.