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Thursday, October 29, 2009

World Series Game 2: At least the umpiring was solid... (1-1)

Pedro Martinez basically did what anyone could expect of him tonight. The Teixeira home run wasn't necessarily on a bad pitch. The Matsui homer was hit literally 5 inches off the ground. I can't explain it.

A.J. Burnett pitched a great game for the Yankees, and got an occasional call or two from the home plate umpire tonight (Jeff Nelson).

As far as managerial decisions go, I wanted Martinez out after 6. It didn't necessarily ruin the Phillies chances of winning when Manuel left him in there, but I definitely thought he was wearing down in the 5th and 6th innings.

I'm told I shouldn't worry about the bad calls so much, but I can't help it. It seems like there's at least one call every half inning. The "line drive" double play that benefited the Phillies was awful. Ryan Howard was robbed of at least 2 ABs tonight (including one in the 9th). The calls off the plate were awfully inconsistent. Chase Utley "walked" in his AB in the 8th, and then beat the throw on the back end of a double play. He technically reached base safely twice in that PA, but an out was tallied.

People will say the Phillies should be happy leaving NY with 1 win, but I'm not satisfied.

For some puzzling reason, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Cole Hamels in game 3.


Anonymous said...

i'm surprised you haven't commented on the decision to not run rollins and victorino in the top of the 8th, when there was a full count on utley with 1 out. tim mccarver, his horrible sportscasting skills notwithstanding, was absolutely correct in saying that that move made no sense.

Scott Graham said...

I couldn't disagree more. I asked myself multiple times out loud if he was under the influence. That sounds like insanity to me. There is only one out, and you are never supposed to make the third out at third base. Utley is a lefthanded bat. If he strikes out, which he does more than you might think, there is a chance Rollins gets thrown out at third, and then you've just taken the bat out of Howard's hands as the potential winning run. I think stealing there is stupid.