Okay. I completely understand Fredi’s whole “Alex Gonzalez doesn’t have to hit because his defense is so good” talk. As stupid as this statement is, Gonzalez’s defense really is terrific, and so he does deserve a little bit of leeway with his bad offense.
But if this is the case, then under NO circumstance should Fredi be batting him 6th — behind 3 of this team’s hottest and most productive hitters. Batting Gonzalez behind Freeman, who is batting behind Uggla, who is behind McCann? That is asinine. I’d much rather see Wilkin Ramirez give Freeman some protection.
(Also, I’m watching this game on what is probably a 20-30 minute delay. Gonzalez just hit a 15-foot grounder to strand runners at 1st and 2nd in the top of the 6th.)
Also…I would just like to point out that the team the Cincinnati Reds are playing tonight are the Atlanta Braves.
Since 98% of the ESPN broadcasting has been centered around the Reds, the 4-team race in the NL Central, Dontrelle Willis’ comeback campaign, Barry Larkin’s upbringing, and Joey Votto’s toe fungus, I thought that this simple fact might have gotten easily overlooked.
Oh — and the 20-30 minute delay says that this week’s blog should lead with the Wayward Heyward after he busted that rally with the GIDP. ARRRRRGH.
This fixation of only using your closer at home in tie games dumbfounds me. Use your closer to extend your teams chances of getting a lead. Then let your other relievers close the game out. That way if they mess up, they were at least pitching with a cushion. However if they mess up when we are tied the game is over.
Man did I take some heat for calling that 3-4 trip.
Another stupid ballpark. If your team can’t compete in a major league ballpark, construct a better team. And if your fans can’t appreciate baseball without it all being about the homer, get better fans.
As soon as Brooksie struck out in the top of the 9th with a runner on 3rd, I knew the game was over and it wouldn’t be going to extra innings. Just didn’t think it would happen with one swing of the bat. Damn. What a lame way to lose the game.