Sunday, June 11, 2006

That felt familiar

Just to offer some perspective to today's nightmare at Mays Field, I'm going to revisit the very painful past and point out that there's little excuse for Brian Sabean not to have seen this coming. Tim Worrell was similarly ineffective at holding a 5-3 lead in the 8th inning of Game 6 of the 2002 World Series -- he pitched to three batters and didn't get anyone out, thus leading to Robb Nen's tragic final appearance in a big league uniform. Whether Dusty should have brought in someone whose arm wasn't irreparably damaged at that point (Schmidt? Reuter?) is something we can debate endlessly, I suppose. But four years later, it's hard to believe Worrell still has a job and is allowed to pitch in crucial situations. Why in the name of Stu Miller are we still running a guy out there who had an ERA over 7.00 last year and is now over 8.00 this year?

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