Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Back to the 1960s

I'm not quite certain why managers feel like they need to squeeze every last pitch out of a starter late in the game. Bruce Bochy saw it blow up in his face last night in St. Louis.

Bruce usually has a pretty good grasp on handling pitchers, so I'm kind of baffled why -- with only a third of the season left and the rosters expanding in 3 weeks -- he felt like he had to stick with Matt Cain last night, as if he were Juan Marichal or Gaylord Perry. Henry Schulman's game story for the SF Chron sums it up nicely in the first 2 paragraphs -

Manager Bruce Bochy has a trait that endears him to his pitchers but at times comes back to bite him. When one of his top starters is on the mound, Bochy gives him a longer rope in situations that would persuade other managers to get the hook.

Bochy has done it with Tim Lincecum and went that way with Matt Cain on Monday night in the first of four against the Cardinals, who got the big hit they needed against Cain on their way to an 8-2 victory.


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