Saturday, April 23, 2011

Post-Game 22 Thread: Sitting On One's Hands

CUBS 10, DODGERS 8

Don Mattingly trusts his players, particularly his pitchers. And he's going to let them ride, even when the heart and mind both say otherwise--sitting on his hands until it's too late.

In a situation eerily similar to Clayton Kershaw's last start (where we almost lost the game with two out in the ninth, Kershaw giving up a two-run single to change a lead to a deficit), Mattingly leaves Matt Guerrier in for a second inning of relief in the eighth inning, the Dodgers holding a 8-5 lead. The sucky Alfonso Soriano leads off with a single. Concerned? Not Mattingly. Reed Johnson follows with a single. Concerned? Not Mattingly. PH Kosuke Fukudome coaxes a walk. Concerned? Not Mattingly.

Starlin Castro singles in two runs. Concerned? Not Mattingly. Darwin Barney gets on for a run-scoring FC. Concerned? Not Mattingly. Marlon Byrd strikes out on a 2-2 count. Aramis Ramirez singles, Barney advancing to third. FINALLY, Mattingly hooks Guerrier. But then Blake Hawksworth comes in and serves up a first-pitch double to Jeff Baker, and we're down 10-8 and as good as dead in the water.

This pathetic management in the eighth spoils a furious comeback from a 5-1 deficit to an 8-5 lead, thanks in part to HR from Casey Blake, Matt Kemp, and Rod Barajas. Back to .500 we fall. Up to .500 the Cubs ascend. And if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a nap and dream about our father getting back in the Dodgers' mix.

11 comments:

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Of course, if Mattingly pulls MattyG before things get hairy, and Hawksworth gives up everything that MattyG had, the thread becomes "Stoopid Donnie Baseball, pulling MattyG too early and putting in that bullshit Hawksworth pitcher."

Paul said...

Either Donnie has a lot of confidence in his guys or not very much confidence in his other guys.

If it is the latter I agree.

Paul said...

Loney needs to sit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Someone tell ESPN that a two-run loss is not a rout.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

http://bit.ly/f4pGY5

Josh S. said...

Nor is five runs a shelling.

Dusty Baker said...

Can you change the PGT pic? When I look at it, it seems like an upskirt of an 11-year-old.

Spank said...

I LOVE M.I.L.F's!!!

NicJ said...

Russell Martin needs to die.

NicJ said...

Martin is quickly becoming my least favorite former dodger.

Paul said...

They need to test Martin.