violentsalvation: Mo himself said it was the right move.He got his inning in, and in a way, he passed the ball and the responsibility on to the next generation of closers. I don't think it could've been anymore perfect.
LessO2: It wasn't about "trusting" Joe Nathan or anything, quite the opposite. If Nathan came in the 8th and blew the lead, there would be no guarantee there would be a bottom of the 9th for Rivera to come in to.Yeah, the NL offense was non-existant, but three runs is hardly insurmountable.Is it that hard to figure out?
DeWayne Mann: bacongood: Slow To Return: DeWayne Mann: 7. To circle back for a conclusion, I mentioned batting order earlier. Batting order & bullpen usage are really, really similar. Tweaking either one can result in small gains; but doing so, you go against accepted "wisdom" & the wills of your players, and you risk annoying the fanbase. Generally, that's just not going to happen.It infuriates me to watch managers give the 3-4-5 batters in the 8th to a "spare" reliever, so that he can save the ace reliever for the 6-7-8 batters. And it's worse if lefty-righty matchups come in to play.Sorry. I think that's terrible managing.The best is when the visiting team sits on the ace during an extra inning game.I think it was the Reds a few weeks ago that used EVERY RELIEVER but their "closer" and were contemplating using a position player next. Gotta save Alroldis for that save situation that never came, you know.
shifty lookin bleeder: GoldSpider: Why didn't he... you know... close it?If only there was someplace we could go to find this out!!
GoldSpider: Why didn't he... you know... close it?
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