Originally Posted by jhiller21
I would have walked Votto but I understand why Sciossa didn't. Lefty/lefty matchup with Phillips on deck.
I would have had a righty in the bullpen warming up, and faced BP instead, the double play king.
So, you would have essentially used 3 pitchers in the 9th (no way you let Bruce face a RH pitcher) for a game you were hoping you could get into extra's?
I'm not sure many managers would have burned through their bullpen quite that quickly.
Down is as good vs. LH batters as any pitcher in baseball. Most managers would have certainly left him in their to (potentially) face Bruce.
To me the question was whether to pitch to Votto or Bruce. But I wouldn't have planned on using 3 pitchers.