June 26, 2006

Anyone want to take a crack at explaining why you pitch to David Ortiz with a base open and the game on the line?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2006 6:44 PM

Same reason you let Chad Qualls keep pitching to Pujols after he falls behind him 2-0 with two outs and a one-run lead.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 26, 2006 7:12 PM

Because they're the Phillies?

Posted by: mike at June 26, 2006 7:29 PM

Because Manny has a OBS of 1.027?

Posted by: David Cohen at June 26, 2006 7:33 PM

Because if you don't, there's always an illegal immigrant who will do it instead?

Posted by: Just John at June 26, 2006 7:44 PM

What David said, and because the open base was 3rd, so that a larger fraction of hits (plus a walk, hit batter, wild pitch, passed ball, or infield error) will get the run in.

Posted by: pj at June 26, 2006 7:51 PM

To me, the Phillies' mistake was not leaving Tom Gordon in to start the 12th.

Posted by: pj at June 26, 2006 7:52 PM

Why pitch to Pujols at all, ever?

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2006 8:28 PM

Wager you a book (loser's choice) on Mets-Sox series?

Posted by: Matt Cohen at June 27, 2006 10:30 AM


Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 10:35 AM

I hear they are even going to some little thing to honor the 20th anniversary of the '86 squad.

Bad karma abounds.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at June 27, 2006 1:38 PM

For some, the sight of Mets uniforms on the Fenway grass will bring back additional memories.

"It gives you the desire to win," said Boyd, who would have started Game 7 of the '86 Series, but a rainout and an extra day of rest convinced McNamara to go with Hurst.

"Whether it was 50 years ago, 20 years ago, or today, I wouldn't say the Mets are our rival by being in the other league, but I got a chance to pitch in the National League after the 1989 season. I showed that I could beat the Mets and that made me feel real good, without a doubt," Boyd said.

He'd feel better had they started him--and be wearing a ring.

Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 1:54 PM

I just checked again, and that postseason ERA of 5.66 hasn't gotten any lower.

Hurst's is holding steady at 2.29 as well.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at June 27, 2006 2:26 PM

Providence don't lie.

Posted by: oj at June 27, 2006 2:30 PM
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