April 18, 2010

THE WIN OUGHTN'T PREVENT THE FIRING:

What a weird, wacky, wild game (Ken Rosenthal, 4/18/10, Fox Sports)

Hitters pitched. Pitchers hit. And served as pinch-runners. And, in the case of Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse, played a mean left field.

Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey said he had a bat in his hand from the ninth inning on. He never got a chance to hit, which he said “kind of crushed my ego.”

But hey, Pelfrey earned the Mets’ first save of the season by working a scoreless 20th — after the Mets’ actual closer, Francisco Rodriguez, had blown a save in the 19th.

I’ll say this as gently as possible: If the Mets had lost — lost after two Cardinals position players, Felipe Lopez and Mather, pitched the final three innings — manager Jerry Manuel might have been fired on the spot.

Actually, Manuel might be dangling from the top of the Empire State Building this morning if he had made the move that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa did in the 11th, removing left fielder Matt Holliday in a double-switch that left the pitcher’s spot behind Albert Pujols.


Mr. Manuel had Francisco Rodriguez warm up in every inning after the 8th. It is a managerial crime nearly on par with Dusty Baker's decision a couple years ago to let Aaron Harang throw four innings of relief on two days rest, an appearance from which the Reds' former ace has never recovered.

That said, the game was impossible to stop watching, in that car wreck kind of way.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2010 6:47 AM
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