Monday, May 02, 2005

Pitching decisions?

Now, I didn't get to see the last 3 innings of last night's game. But I have a couple of questions for people who did based on my reading of the box score and the play-by-play.
First question: Carrasco has been great so far this year in his limited playing time. It is a 3-3 game. Wouldn't you want to give him the opportunity to pitch a couple of innings if he pitches well? Why wouldn't you double switch when you put him in. Bennett had made the last out, so you could easily have put in Schneider into the 9 spot and Carrasco into the 7 spot. Or you could have put Sledge in the 9 spot and taken out Church putting Carrasco in the 6 spot. I would have thought that would be a no-brainer. Anyone who saw the game think I am missing something?
Second question: Why didn't Cordero ever get in the game when Ayala first saw trouble? Did Ayala look strong, like he could get himself out of it? Once it is clear that you pretty much HAVE to have a K or two to keep the tie, wouldn't you rather have a strikeout pitcher in the game? For those of you watching, did it seem at the time to make sense to leave Ayala in? Was this one of those dumb old-school Frank moves where he feels like his closer can ONLY close, and can't come in during more important situations if we don't have the lead? Anyway, we really need to start winning a couple of these close ones at the end.

Lastly, tough scheduling to have the Nats be the Sunday night game and then play in LA the next day.


At 10:39 AM, Blogger DM said...

On Carrasco, I agree, and not only what you say, but in the bottom of the 8th he pinch-hit for Carrasco with Jamey Carroll SO HE COULD SAC BUNT!!!. A double-switch would have avoided all this, or he could have let Carrasco sac bunt, and saved a pinch-hitter.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Chris Needham said...

You guys have been echoing my Frank criticism lately. At least I'm in good company.

To your first question, Frank doesn't like to double switch. That was my biggest complaint early in the season. He's done it a few times, but very rarely, and never in situations where he should. It drives me crazy.

To the second, I think the reason Cordero didn't come in was partially because the bullpen was undermanned today. Rauch, I'm guessing is being held out for the start Tuesday. And Day still has vertigo. The only available arms were Majewski and Cordero.

Which makes his inability to stretch Carrasco all the more curious.

Frank HAS shown a willingness to bring in Cordero in the top of the 9th. I think he's done it twice this year.


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