Originally Posted by jredmo2
Yeah what was the deal? Why did Zambrano try to pick off Milton, a pitcher, twice? Once when Lee wasn't even holding him on and once when he was on third.. what?? Does Zambrano hate Milton as much as I do?
The first pick-off attempt at 1B that was ruled a balk looked like it was just a brain cramp by Zambrano. Man on 1st, 1 out with a good bunter (Freel) at the plate. I think he just lost his place in the batting order and forgot that it was a pitcher on first instead of a position player. Freel was no threat to bunt in that situation, but Zambrano didn't realize that.
The 2nd pick-off attempt at 3B, to me, seemed like it was a frustration move by Zambrano. He'd just given up a triple to the pitcher and he was probably eager to erase the baserunner and "make up" for the poor pitch that he gave Milton to hit. A little akin to how if you get a shot blocked in basketball, you come back to the defensive end really eager to make a steal or a good play to get the possession back.