Re: Article on Bochy's managing
Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I am confused by this article, mainly because I have never of any of the players involved. So let me get this straight. The Bochy makes a defensive substitution with a lead in the game. The Giants blow the lead and then have a runner on second with two outs. Bochy, in the eyes of the author, pinch hits for the wrong player. The pinch hitter is intentionally walked and an inferior hitter is forced to hit with runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Is this truely a poor tactical decision or this a columnist with a bias against Bochy?
Any person worth their salt knows exactly what the opposing managers reaction would be. Bochy used his best pinch hitter to gain an extra runner that could not possibly effect the game's outcome, leaving a worse hitter at the plate to driven in the run than had he not pinch hit at all. How can this be construed as anything but.
Yes, Joe Sheehan jumped on him with both feet, as he is want to do. That doesn't make Bochy's move any less stupid.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.