When I saw the start of this game, I thought, if the Yankees lose, I want to hang this “L” on Torre.
Rich Harden is a tough RHP. So, how does Joe set up his line-up? After his table-setters, he slots Sheffield and A-Rod – in the 3rd and 4th spots. They’re both RH batters. And, when Sheff and Alex whiffed in the 1st with runners on 2nd and 3rd (with no outs), I wanted to scream.
But, this morning, when I was looking at Harden’s stats, I saw something that shocked me.
He’s just as tough on LHB as he is on RHB. (That’s not the shock.) But, check this out:
In his career, meaning the three seasons prior to last night, Harden has never allowed a LHB to score a run against him. So, why would you ever play a LHB against him? Here’s a screenshot of the ESPN.com page where I saw this:
But, wait a minute! Notice that Harden has allowed homeruns to LHB. So, obviously, we have a problem here. This tells us that you cannot trust the stats at ESPN.com.
Man, I hate that. Without trust, you have nothing. Which brings us back to this game in question.
It’s a tie-game, in the 9th. It’s the 2nd game of the season. So, who do you bring in to pitch the 9th? The last pitcher to make the team – one who only made the team because of injuries to others – and who’s been running all of the country now for a week because his newborn daughter’s life was at risk.
Torre had many other options here. He could have left in Farnsworth. He could have brought in Rivera for two innings. He could have went with Sturtze. But, no, Joe goes to Proctor and the Yankees lose the game.
You just cannot trust Joe Torre to use his bullpen correctly. History shows us this. So, in the end, we can hang this “L” on Torre.
At least I didn’t waste time staying up to watch the end.