Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
Same logic here. Yanking a pitcher after a double, despite a tremendously efficient game to that point is just not practical. It's not something you'd see any single Major League manager do at this point in the season. None. It's not even a consideration. Heck, you're railing on them for not making a pitching change, yet at that juncture, there's not even a manager in the league that would have yet had a guy warming up. Homer entered the inning with 47 pitches through 5 innings, a few hits allowed and one run. And you expect to not only have a pitcher already warming up but yank him after a 2-out double? That seems pretty far out.
Except you're ignoring all the circumstances.
Tight pitching duel.
Young Reds pitcher who sometimes fades in middle innings.
Rested bullpen, now very deep since Chapman's arrival.
Nail in the coffin type game.
Cards big hitters coming up for third time against Bailey.
Masset lights out reliever has faced these guys many times.
I would have had Masset warmed and ready. I said so at the time in the game thread. And I don't care about his pitch count in that spot, given all these other circumstances.