I'm not being argumentative, I'm asking a serious question here. What was the point of starting this thread? Why would this not have fit in the game thread?
Disappointing loss. If there is a positive takeaway from it, it's that the team can play so poorly and the opponent still has to struggle to get to extras and win it there.
Every team loses a few like these every year. The 6 run ninth inning loss to the Braves in the division winning 2010 season comes to mind. However, there's been more than a few of these late collapses of late, and maybe the front office and field management need to take notice and reassess a few things.
I'm going to trust that Dusty and Walt will move a few things around, within their possibilities. If you look back, the bullpen structure that the team finished with in 2012, was quite different than the way it began the year.
It might be time to put a solid bullpen arm on the deadline wish list, perhaps ahead of the OF bat we've been clamoring for.
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My point was that it didn't exactly scream "bring in your closer" to me. I felt comfortable in just about any of our relievers getting Jones out there. I give Jones credit in turning on that pitch. And I blame Broxton for leaving one in the heart of the dish. It was a slider he hung right in the middle of the zone. It's not Dusty's fault he hung a pitch. Yes, he "could" have pulled him. But shouldn't you expect a pitcher to put away a hitter like Jones with 2 outs already? I would've brought in Chapman if the tying run is in scoring position. Once the game got to the point where Simon was in....I wait until I have a lead before bringing in Chapman...or until the point where I have to because of pitchers getting tired.
Jones in 2013:
vs. left handed pitchers: .143/.250/.143 for an OPS of .393
vs. right handed pitchers: .278/.325/.457 for an OPS of .782
Chapman should have pitched to Jones.
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His comment will solidify his "us vs. them" mentality to his team. There's ulterior motive there. Circle the wagons and rally the troops for this next week. Next weekend is huge.
But regardless....we're still talking about a guy who's not doing that great. Under .800 ops is NOT that impressive. Certainly not enough to scream "go to the closer!"
Sir chuck, should Chapman only be used in the 9th with a lead?
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