Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Baserunners are baserunners. Anybody with a bat in his hand can do damage. Protecting a late lead where you have do everything to avoid a run scoring, I'd do that. Early in the game though, why add a baserunner?
What are the odds that that Shoppach drives in a run there? He's a career .204/.290/.365 hitter vR. Yeah, he'll take a walk and he's got some power. But the most likely outcome of the PA is an out and the next most likely outcomes are ones that don't involve an RBI.
Yeah, Homer made a really bad pitch. That's totally on him. But the extra run is on Dusty.
Hopefully the bats come alive soon and it won't matter.
I can't get too upset walking the eighth hitter to face the pitcher. Happens all the time. It's acceptable and routine strategy, the pitcher being (usually) the weakest hitter on the team.
As long as Dusty understood that Harvey is a better than average hitting pitcher, I'm ok with it. If Dusty didn't know that, different story.