Originally Posted by Brisco
I disagree. If I was the pitcher and a bloop single landed in front of Stubbs, it would not change the way I pitched unless there was a runner in scoring position. My job as pitcher is to prevent solid contact... if a poor contact bloop lands for a single, that is gonna happen from time to time even when I am pitching very well. I can give up one or two of these every inning and still pitch a shutout.
Conversely, if I gave up a bloop single that a CF dove to get, only to have the ball roll to the wall for a triple? That would have my blood pressure skyrocket.
The things that get into my head are my mistakes... be they walks or hard hit balls. If i give up a hard hit ball that I think is gonna be extra bases for sure and turn to see Stubbs calmly camping in front of it, I would relax.
Did you ever see Paul Blair play? He played shallow to cut off bloops and could run like a Roadrunner.....Hence his nickname.
Stubbs was too afraid to go back into the wall......was timid there and while he could have played shallow.....with his speed....did not. Great speed and tools did not translate into much of a baseball IQ. Talking about him or bringing him up is just depressing really going into this year.