To sum up this game I'm going to ask you to manage at home. Who would you have brought in to relieve Tommy Hanson in the sixth inning? Would it be the guy who hadn't worked in five days, Buddy Carlyle? No. Would it be the well-rested rookie closer who was just called up, Luis Valdez? No. Would it be a lefty reliever who hasn't been used in over a week, Boone Logan? No. The guy Bobby Cox chose to bring in is the same guy who gave up the lead yesterday. The same guy who would be working on his third consecutive day for the first time all year, Kris Medlen. And what did he do? He came in, walked the first guy, then got hit all over the field. Oh, and if you're managing at home, make sure you don't pull Medlen out of the game until he surrenders the lead in the second consecutive game.
Let's keep going with this, shall we. Who would you bring in to relieve Medlen? Any of the above, well rested guys? No. If you said the guy who would be working in his fourth consecutive game, then you're thinking like Bobby Cox. Throw in a couple errors, one each by Matt Diaz and Chipper Jones, and you've got yourself a game in which you had a two-run lead, to a game where you're down by four runs.
In what world is Bobby Cox thinking he can use and abuse these relievers day after day after day (and in Moylan's case, after day)? Maybe we need more bodies down there in the pen, or maybe we need to use the fresh arms when they're fresh. That sixth inning should have had Buddy Carlyle on the mound or Luis Valdez. You could tell that Joe and Boog were beating around the bush trying to criticize Bobby's decision to go with Medlen, without really coming out and openly criticizing him. Maybe Bobby was upset with himself as much as he was with the homeplate umpire when he got himself tossed in the 8th. If Bobby was so worried about the zone, why didn't he get himself run earlier in the game when it might have done some good?
Bad game. Really leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
|Final - 9.3.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Ricky Nolasco (10 - 8)
LP: Kris Medlen (3 - 5)