Originally Posted by Will M
Bottom of the 9th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 3-4
Yankees' Mariano Rivera on the mound
Kevin Millar walks
Dave Roberts pinch runs
Roberts Steals 2B
Bill Mueller singles, Roberts scores to tie the game
Red Sox win in extra innings
Red Sox win the next 3 to beat the Yankees 4 games to 3
Red Sox then beat the Cards to win the World Series
THATS why Billy Hamilton belongs on the 25 man roster in October
He can takes Itzuris's place. If Cozart gets hurt Hamilton can play SS the rest of that game & the team can replace Cozart with Itzuris for the rest of the postseason.
I pushed for this move last season. My reasoning remains the same: a pinch-running specialist is more needed than the last arm in the bullpen. With off days built into the playoff schedule and the need to play every game to win, the worst arm/mop-up role is unnecessary. Put it this way, if you're counting on your worst arm in the pen to contribute during the playoffs, then you're probably not going to go far. But a PR in the 8th who can draw the focus of a pitcher (just the THREAT of stealing, not even actually stealing) and who can score from 1st on a gapper... yea, sign me up.
I'm definitely hoping he makes the post season roster. I think he's got a month to show he can play that role on this playoff-bound squad.