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Managing Blame in the World Series



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Those of us scratching our heads over certain tactics from World Series managers Ron Washington and Tony LaRussa should consider checking out the Inside the Book in-game threads devoted to analyzing decisions by the skippers, as well as those of their players.

The game two thread features co-proprietor MGL’s snap defense of LaRussa’s decision to abruptly lift his star reliever in the top of the ninth:     

Good (and ballsy) move by TLR.  Motte has a large platoon split, mainly because fastballs have a large split.

Rhodes is much better than Motte against lefties (near 1 run per 9).  And Hammy [Hamilton] has large splits as well.

Of course, you have a bunch of RH hitters coming up, so you have to consider that.

Earlier, he had opined on potential pinch-hit opportunities:

Yup, Phil, I would have PH for Lewis in the 6th. No manager would though. Yeah, Colby is a barely above average starter in the first place.  Third time through the order?  Any reliever is better.

Pinch hit for Punto in the 7th?  I don’t see any reason why not.  If he brings in Schumaker (or Moreland) to PH, will Wash put in a lefty? I don’t think so.

He even took a swipe at FOX color analyst Tim McCarver:

You would think that McCarver, after catching for 20 years and then broadcasting for another 20, would be able to tell the difference between a slider and a change up, especially when they show the hand and the spin in super slow motion close up.  But, I guess not…

The game one thread is here.


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