Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Textbook Example

Is it just me, or was today's Red Sox v Blue Jays game just a textbook example of why it's freaking stupid to save your best relief pitchers for the 8th and 9th innings. I mean for crying out loud, Okajima and Papelbon were used anyway because they needed the work, is it too much to ask that you put one of them in for the bases loaded situation in the 5th? Instead we get Manny Delcarmen who happily gives up a grand slam, and by the time the decent pitchers are put in the game is already out of hand and there's nothing they can do to help win it. Sigh. I mean we're talking about a team that employs Bill James, you'd think that this idea would at least be kicking around in their heads, and in situations like today when there's zero down side to trying it out they would at least give it a shot.


  1. to be fair, manny delcarmen has been one of the best relievers over the last year, and had he actually done his job, it would actually have been a perfect example of just what you describe. i frankly liked the move, a power pitcher against a guy who's more than capable of striking out. it just didn't work out. you know, at all.

  2. He's certainly good in general, but not so great lately, and having him come in with the bases loaded to pitch against the guy who had a home run off of him in the previous game really didn't seem like the best of plans...