What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Down 5-1 and we replace Koji with Ollie? Come on. Save Ollie here. Koji is done for the year. He has to regroup in spring training and gain his confidence back. Save old man Oliver for another day. Koji and Yoshi need to finish this abortion of a game.
Wash didn't waste a single useful bullpen piece. Losing the battle to win the war. The back end of the Detroit pen is F'ed. If Verlander doesn't get a CG win in game 5, this thing is over.
Yeah I have no problem with Wash's moves tonight. We absolutely have the advantage in a close game for the next 2 games. Valverde is about to blow his arm out with all these pitches he's thrown. On the flip side, we have all our weapons for game 4. 5-6 good innings from Harry and we go up 3-1
I completely disagree. I actually hope that Oliver is unavailable for the next two games. Addition by subtraction.
I was wrong. Ollie hadn't pitched since Saturday and made quick work of his inning. I just assumed a move to Ollie was going to turn into multiple moves. The pen got some much needed rest.
Valverde is a trashball pitcher, I doubt he will be blown out by pitching 3 innings in 2 days.
It's a moot point if Harry has a good game. We should hit Porcello.
Should hit and will hit are 2 different things..we shall see
Here's a thought. Why don't you get a managerial job in the major leagues, then you can make those decisions for yourself. And then you too can enjoy having thousands of wannabe managers pick apart everything you do, as if they somehow had the power of omniscience, or could see into the future. Ron Washington isn't holding the team back because of bullpen decisions. That lame, tired discourse is so played out by now.
wwjdd I know you and I have had heated discussions on this post before, but on this one I'm in total agreement. I think Wash has done a terrific job this post-season handling that bullpen. The Rangers were right in that game, and with one more hit in the ninth, they bring up the tying run and a tiring Val Verde has to sweat. We now have a great advantage with our # 1 bullpen guys, and the Tigers have had to over-use their guys. At some point that will work to our advantge as we move on.
Did anyone notice how many of the Tiger hits came after 2 strikes? Does this suggest Lewis doesn't have an "out" pitch or that the catcher was calling poorly?
Personally, I think most of the moves Wash has made in the postseason have been fine. Offhand I can't think of a bad one, but there might be a couple. Doesn't matter; everyone's human and makes mistakes. But many of us here, in our not-necessarily-humble opinions, think most of his moves are pretty good.
If you don't think a move he made was good, tell us what you would have done instead.
I honestly think that it has as much to do with the catcher. If you notice where our guys were missing last night, it was towards Norbit's chest. Norbit reaches his glove where he wants the pitch whereas Napoli presents a target where the glove is centered with his body. It is a much more 'receptive' target for the pitcher, and our pitchers seem to pitch fairly well to Nap. I've made the argument all year that Norbit just doesn't give a very enticing target, or call a very good game, and we tend to get beat on a lot of 2 strike pitches due to him calling the exact same pitch/spot twice in a row too often.
uys were absent the previous evening, it was towards Norbit's midsection. Norbit spans his glove where he needs the pitch although Napoli shows a target where the glove is focused with his form. It is a substantially more 'responsive' target for the pitcher, and our pitchers appear to pitch reasonably well to Nap.
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