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Pitching and Dumb Managers
by Tony Medley
My disdain for baseballís knowledge of the
science of pitching is well known. But Dodgersí manager Joe Torre is
bringing ignorance to a new low (or is it high?). Torre is the type of
guy who will pull a starting pitcher who is throwing a 2-hitter with 7
strikeouts and 2 walks just because heís thrown 100 pitches, or because
the shortstop makes an error.
But heís showing in
these playoffs that he has no clue about what a pitcher is supposed to
do. He has two relievers, one a lefthander, George Sherrill, and the
other a rotund guy named Broxton. Neither can get his first pitch over
the plate. Sherrill constantly pitches from behind in the count. Joe
apparently doesnít appreciate that itís not a good idea to pitch from
behind in the count. He shows this because he has
his batters take 2-0 pitches. A 2-0 pitch is a batterís dream because
the pitcher has to come in with a good pitch, usually a fastball. But
the Dodgers consistently take 2-0 fastballs right down the middle.
But thatís not the point of this essay. If you
have a relief pitcher who canít get the ball over the plate, you should
pull him a lot faster than pulling a starter who is throwing a 2-hitter,
but has thrown his 100th
pitch. Last night was a perfect example. The Dodgers were leading by a
run going into the bottom of the ninth. The rotund Broxton (300 lbs) was
on the mound. The first batter hit a shot, a hard grounder to shortstop
for an out. To me, this was troubling because he hit the ball very hard.
But to Joe, it was an out. Joe canít distinguish between a line shot to
the third baseman and a Texas League single. Heíll pull a pitcher who
fools the batter but allows a poorly hit blooper for a hit (for that
matter, he will pull a pitcher because the shortstop makes an error),
but wonít budge when the batter tees off but hits a liner right at
someone. But that is apparently a distinction that only I can see.
Anyway, the first batter hits the ball hard
but itís an out, so Joe is serene. Broxton walks the next batter on four
straight balls. He never came close. Itís one thing to be nibbling at
the plate and just miss. Itís another to never get close. Like Sherrill,
Broxton never got close. I would pull him right there. Your gold plated
reliever should never walk a weak hitter, and on four pitches? Heís outa
there if Iím the manager. But Joe doesnít budge. Broxton hits the next
guy with his first pitch. Two men on because the pitcher canít get the
ball over the plate! This guy is your best reliever? Clearly he doesnít
have it. Nobody in his right mind should leave this guy in the game. But
Joe doesnít budge. He hasnít thrown 100 pitches yet.
It was no surprise to me when Jimmy Rollins, a
.250 hitter, lined his two-out double to right center scoring the tying
and winning runs off one of the fattest fastballs youíll ever see.
Broxton shouldnít have been in the game. When a pitcher doesnít have his
control, heís a distinct liability. Broxton grooved a fastball that I
could have hit. That loss is Joe Torreís fault.