Reds & Nats, 2013 LCS. Take2 (9/13) Reds but no Nats
Dusty almost had to go for the win in the 10th. He was caught between a rock and a hard place. All he had left was Hoover, who had pitched in 3 of the first 4 games. As well as pitching an inning the day before. And Parra, who had pitched two innings the day before. Luckily this game didn't go 14 or 15 or 16 innings. Who was Dusty going to put out there if Marshall was unavailable? His pitching options were thin at that point.
A watched plot never thickens.
Holy over-reactions Batman!
It's Hoovers fault, it's Dusty's fault, Bruce needs to be moved, Heisey needs to be moved, Frazier is out best contact hitter, we should've won the game, etc, etc, etc.
Come on people. We lost this game for 2 reasons and 2 reasons only. The Nationals are good, and Mike Leake had a poor game for him.
The offense did a fantastic job of hanging in there and fighting tooth and nail. Hoover did what he could but in any other situation, he would've had the day off. Dusty could've managed the pen better, but he was put in a tough spot due to the overuse recently and being shorthanded. Bruce is not in a groove yet, but he's hardly a problem. 2 hits yesterday, 2 doubles the day before. He'll be fine. Frazier's in the zone right now, moving him in the order might be the exact thing that will move him OUT of the zone. Leave him alone! Heisey is doing a fine job filling in. Yes, he's strikeout prone. But he's a solid defender and he's had hits in 3 of the last 4 games including a 2 run bomb.
Simply put, people need to take a deep breath and relax. It's not a sprint, it's a MARATHON.
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He's normally more of a ground ball pitcher and he usually has better control and throws a higher percentage of strikes. This game he was missing his spots regularly and was having a difficult time throwing strikes. So when he was forced to throw one, it was down the middle and they either hit it hard or were able to hit it in the air. I'm not saying Leake's great or anything, but that was not the "norm" from Mike. The end results may have been Leake-like, but how they were achieved were not. He got very lucky in this game to not have a MUCH worse line.
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