Originally Posted by OGB
Look, I have to say I think you're all wrong to blame Dusty, and I'm no Baker apologist.
There are a lot of people on this forum that insist Latos is our ace. At worst he's 1B. He's having a great year. He was having a good game. He'd given up2 runs thru 6. He was at 87 pitches. He had a 2/1 k/ball ratio. YOU RUN HIM OUT FOR THE 7TH EVERY TIME.
You can make the argument that you pull him against Ankiel, but saying you don't let him start the inning has the benefit of hindsight.
Not hindsight for me. I said I would take him out and I said it before the seventh inning ever started. Read the posts.
Pitch counts are just numbers. So are season's averages and so are stats showing pitcher's usual performance in various stages of the game.
Dusty should have been moved by what anyone could see. Latos pitched a tough, close ballgame, lots of leverage. He did not look great in the sixth. He seemed to be tiring.
The bullpen is rested. There's an off day tomorrow.
I respect your opinion, but I thought the decision was obvious. Latos should have been removed before the seventh or, at the latest, when the first baserunner got aboard.