WildHare wrote:I think his most questionable move was pulling Moore in the first place. Yes, he had 120 pitches but he was cruising, was backed by the worst bullpen imaginable for a contender and it was an elimination game. I definitely would have let Moore at least start the inning and if he put one or more on base yanked him then. I think the famous melon head was rotten.
beefchopper wrote:Bochy's reputation certainly took a hit Tuesday night. Parading five relievers out there who collectively gave up four runs is pretty bad. The first four managed only one out, and all the while he left Casilla (recent struggles notwithstanding) and his 31 saves and great postseason resume' cooling his heels in the pen.
I was at synagogue tonight from the 4th inning on so taped it and just finished watching the rest of the game. I gave Doc an A+ for game 1 but I'd give him an F- tonight. I would have let Kershaw start the 7th but said to my son (who was saying he thought he should have been pulled after the 6th) that I'd let Clay pitch the 7th until one runner got on. I was surprised when he was left in to pitch to another batter after the leadoff hit and shocked when he was left in until he loaded the bases. Kershaw in the 7th inning of the playoffs? The stats crazy Dodgers don't remember what that has meant? Plus, the guy was on short rest after pitching 101 pitches last time out, 101 extremely tough pitches, and was now way over 100 and he was left in? But all that paled to bringing in Baez at that point. I was close to puking at that move. I am actually astonished Baez didn't give up a grand slam but his first and only pitch was so horrible that he really didn't have a chance to blow it all by himself. Horrible, horrible , inexcusably horrible job by Roberts.
Now after seeing the the Dodgers win followed by watching the end of the Cubs-Giants live an seeing the Giants lose, I am positively giddy. Quite a comeback from trying to choosing between suicide and murder after watching the 7th just an hour earlier.
Agree that he should have stuck with Moore. Seems they could have found some situations during the regular season, though, to try to rejuvenate Casilla. Bochy totally lost confidence in him and then after brief success with Romo, lost confidence in Romo.
A lot of the talking heads on mlbnetwork who second guessed removing Moore in the ninth, also second guessed leaving Kershaw in for the seventh. Hindsight is 20:20.