Re: Should Dusty have punted Game 1?
I think people are seeing the word "punt" in the thread title and thinking that means the OP actually suggested the Reds should have intentionally lost the first game. If you read his post you will see that he never said that...
I think Price and Dusty handled the situation just fine in that game and it worked out well. But I don't think using LeCure, Simon and Hoover instead of LeCure and Latos would have automatically resulted in a loss or a "punt". The Reds likely would have won the game either way since they scored 5 runs. Latos only pitched four innings after all. If the Reds had used Simon and Hoover for those four innings instead of Latos they would not have given up 4+ runs. The Reds would have won the game either way .