Saturday, October 5, 2013

Excerpt: "Spork Fight in Atlanta"

"When you let platoon considerations move you from Chris Withrow vs. Jose Constanza with a base open to Paco Rodriguez vs. Jason Heyward with the bases loaded, you've lost your mind. Player ability matters. Game state matters. With Constanza walking to the plate, Mattingly had three options for getting through the inning, and he chose by far the worst one. It was reminiscent, for lower stakes, of Ron Washington's work in the tenth inning of Game Six of the 2011 World Series, where he manipulated his way into the worst possible matchup despite having a number of other choices. Heyward underlined this point by driving a single that plated two very important runs."