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  1. Balta1701


    Yeah, I can offer no intelligent reason why there wasn’t a double switch in the middle of the 7th when the pitchers spot would be up 3rd in the 8th. That is supposed to be pretty standard for an NL manager.
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    LaRussa was trying to see if he could get Kopech through a second clean inning before going to Hendricks, but Kopech’s use has been so limited that he’s not stretched out for anything more than a short, one inning burst. He immediately walked Adames to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Narvaez, so there was genuine risk of that move costing him the lead.
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    Today's Crazy Play as I Saw it

    Do you blame Moncada for yours???
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    Today's Crazy Play as I Saw it

    The umpire is responsible for not giving the player an incorrect call. I know it’s hard but most can do it. Once the guy listened to the ump, he took an action which could not be reversed. Having him be out based in part on an umps mistake is BS.
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    Pitching worries

    Kopech has pitched 7 innings in July. He last threw on Tuesday, so he is now on 5 days rest and once again has to be used soon just to get work in. On Tuesday, he pitched 2 innings for the first time since May, threw 40 pitches. He walked 2 and gave up an early home run. Towards the end, he did appear to be laboring while trying to throw strikes, although I do believe he struck out his last hitter. They could have used him in the game Friday rather than Heuer, with good rest, and did not do so. In other words, he is not stretched out at all and so far there is no sign they are trying to do so.
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    Today's Crazy Play as I Saw it

    It seems they have to, but this will create other problems. Guys are taught to get out of the way to avoid interfering with an ongoing play. If everyone comes back to tag home plate after sliding or running past it, it will not take long before someone is trying to do that and another runner or a defensive is coming in and trying to get to that same space.
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    Today's Crazy Play as I Saw it

    The way it seems to me is that there were two steps to the review. 1. did he tag the plate the first time. No he did not. 2. did he come back and tag the plate after missing it? No he didn’t, but the umpire told him not to by signaling safe. So how can you assume what Moncada’s behavior would have been had the ump not signaled safe? You can’t. The default ruling for an ump at the plate should apparently be that you don’t signal safe unless you are 100% certain, because if you signal safe and he missed the plate, you will almost always trigger this response because the player is trained to get out of the way when safe is called so that they don’t interfere with an ongoing play.
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    Today's Crazy Play as I Saw it

    Yeah, that is apparently the exactly correct term. A team getting 90 seconds for their booth to look at a play before sending in a challenge to New York is definitely against the spirit of the pace of play rule. And a 90 second pause, followed by 10 minutes of discussion, followed by Moncada is out and Collins is up for reasons that weren’t explained at all…could not have been very pleasant for fans in the ballpark. The only people who had any idea what was going on in the whole park had to have tv or radio feed going.
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    7/24- Chicago @ Milwaukee, 6:10

    “The White Sox got To the ALCS and it was a tough fight they lost in game 7. This team, more experienced, will not be going away any time soon.” One year later…
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    7/24- Chicago @ Milwaukee, 6:10

    If our manager was (mother F***er I have to say this) Terry Francona, I would say I had confidence that the coaching staff has enough to put this together as a solid playoff bullpen, especially with 1 or 2 additions. You just have to know how to use a modern playoff bullpen. Can LaRussa? Mumbles…
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    7/24- Chicago @ Milwaukee, 6:10

    I was thinking about this earlier today. The Nats won in 2019 with the 29th best bullpen ERA in baseball, Hudson in the 9th was the only decent reliever they had. In playoff baseball, Crochet can give 2+ innings but you can’t use him in the 9th or extras, or bring him in if anyone is on base. Hendricks is nails. If they stretch him out, Kopech is nails for 2+. Presumably Cease also is going to the pen since LaRussa is the manager and Keuchel’s a vet. With the extra off days, you could legit pitch Kopech 3 times in any series, with 2 days off between. Bummer is struggling, but if you use him sparingly maybe you could get through a couple lefties. Without any help, if the starters did their jobs, you could survive a playoff series like this. Add 1 quality reliever to this, and there are a lot of options. If Lopez just can do what he did tonight…there’s a championship bullpen here with 1 addition.
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    7/24- Chicago @ Milwaukee, 6:10

    I think Kopechs line against the Twins was 2 IP, 1 HR, and like 4 strikeouts.
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    7/24- Chicago @ Milwaukee, 6:10

    4 ks is still not terrible.
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    7/24- Chicago @ Milwaukee, 6:10

    I would not complain, he doesn’t help currently. But IMO, he’s a throw in based on his current performance. Would I do Heuer for Escobar? I don’t know ask me when sober, it’s Saturday night: