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All-Star Solution
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/16/2008 2:26:00 AM
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Here's a suggestion for Terry Francona (and Clint Hurdle, too). Considering the AL was an inning or two away from J.D. Drew taking the mound in the All-Star Game, doesn't it make sense to keep a starting pitcher around for extra innings just in case? Joe Saunders last pitched a week ago Tuesday; Carlos Zambrano pitched last Wednesday. Both of those guys could have gone six or seven innings or more if needed. Run the whole staff out there for nine or 10 innings, then give it to a rested started in the event of extras. This way, there's no awkward Kazmir decisions and a one-inning reliever isn't asked to tax his arm for multiple innings. Why would an All-Star manager not do this? He's not going to get every pitcher in a nine-inning game anyway. Why not cover yourself just in case?


Comments....

Tito really messed up wasting K-Rod on eight pitches. It's the top of the ninth, the game is tied, you can't be wasting anyone at that juncture.

Maybe I've missed it, but has anyone said definitively that position players would have pitched? This had "another tie" written all over it, but I haven't looked that closely for a statement.

Cousins botched that play at the plate in the bottom of the 11th. Get in position, son. Behind the catcher with an obscured view, that does not work.
Posted by spianow at 7/16/2008 9:09:00 AM
 
Kinsler got screwed on the steal call at second base. He would have probably scored, ending the game. Both calls were a product of "the ball got there first, therefore they're out".
Posted by kevinccp at 7/16/2008 10:45:00 AM
 
I know that this time "it counts" (bleh), but would any organization want an All-Star pitcher throwing seven innings in an exhibition game? There were several times I figured the game was over (Guillen lead-off double for example) and odds are against this happening too often to make any drastic changes.
Posted by vtadave at 7/16/2008 10:57:00 AM
 
Francona said he'd try to squeeze another inning or two out of Kazmir and then he'd hand the ball to Drew. Hurdle said he told David Wright to get ready to pitch after Lidge.

I wouldn't make any drastic changes either ("Do Something Disease" is a personal pet peeve). But it's not hard, indeed prudent, for a manager to plan for the worst case scenario. Nine out of 10 times it won't be necessary, but last night it would have saved Kazmir's arm (Sherrill, too) and acne on Francona's forehead.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/16/2008 3:35:00 PM
 
I was at the game last night and we were talking about solutions to the issue, and we suggested that on the Sunday before the all star game, each team should select two pitchers who are available to pitch only in innings 13 - 15 and two pitchers who are available to pitch only in innings 16 - 18 and then if they are tied after 18 - that's it - ball game is over.

How about for home field advantage you first see if the teams faced off during the regular season. If they did, whoever won the season series gets home field. If they did not, whoever has the better interleague record for the year gets home field. And if it is still a tie, then the team with the best regular season record gets home field (though it sure would make sense to have this 3rd one be the determining factor)
Posted by billgoofnow at 7/16/2008 5:59:00 PM
 

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