posted by dexys_midnight @ 3:59 PM
In Robinson's defense, he (probably---I'm a radio guy) had Cordero warming anyway; they busted it open in the top half.Why he went to LOOGY Eischen for one batter with a touchdown lead, I'll never know.
He was put in because he was already warming, something about not wanting him to warm up and then not pitch. TV guys speculated that he was taken out early to avoid a high pitch count -- if he had gone 1-2-3, that would have been great, but if something happened and the Braves scored a couple (after the third man up got on), Frank didn't want him pitching 25 with the home opener tomorrow.
Robinson made the correct call today. The game went from 7-4 to 11-4 in just two batters. There was no time to get Eischen ready to go. Cordero was ready to go and the heart of the Braves order was due in the bottom of the ninth. Once you had the two outs and Cordero gave up the single, there was no reason to have him chase down the last out. The next hitter was left handed. Good call by Robinson today.
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