1. Why is there so much talk that this series doesn’t mean much and that is not a series we have to win. This is not a must must win but I want to hear language like ” we know how important this series is”. These games count just as much as the ones in September. I don’t like defeatist attitudes.
2. Fredi’ managing of the bullpen an extra inning away games is horrible and doesn’t make sense. To me Priority is to stop the home team from scoring. So to do that you should bring in your best relievers first. Kimbrel should have been pitching in the 9th or 10th. Especially he should have been in when the batting lineup gets past the pitchers spot.
3. Its time to release Scott Proctor. I saw that Ibanez HR before it happened. If you go back and look at the tape Proctor’s delivery and attitude was very “I dont give a _____” I’ve never seen seen such a cookie of a pitch on that 2-0 count. That was a weak 88 mph fastball. RELEASE HIM!!!
4. This team is in first place without Fredi Gonzalez. I literally had no idea how unintelligent he was when it came to baseball strategy. I was bamboozled and hoodwinked. Jeffrey Loria had it right.
I guess Fredi is telling the media right now that: ‘You just gotta tip your hat — that was a helluva swing by Ibanez right there. Proctor pitched good and made a good pitch [no he didn't Jordan Schafer saved his @$$ on that first fly ball, idiot]. That’s the way baseball goes sometimes.’
Guys, look at the bright side – Kimbrel was available for the 11th! Great move to bring in a terrible pitcher when one run means a loss, but save a good pitcher for when one run means a tie! It is always better to manage to arbitrary silly statistics, than actual game situations.
#197 – Great point. I would think they’ll start Conrad at 3rd. But, now that I said that, it will probably be Lugo to ensure no production from that spot in the order. Wow, one bad loss has made me really pessimistic.