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Sunday, November 1, 2009

World Series Game 4: Lidge (1-3)

Joe Blanton (7 Ks, 2 BBs) allowed five hits, two of which were infield singles and two of which were bloop hits, while CC Sabathia earned the victory despite being outpitched, allowing 7 hits (6 Ks, 3 BBs). Brad Lidge allowed three runs in the 9th inning after getting the first two outs, and Charlie Manuel will be questioned for using his closer. Ryan Madson, who pitched the 8th, could have stayed in the game for the ninth, but he was 20 pitches deep after throwing 22 pitches last night.

Lidge had Johnny Damon in an 0-2 hole, and if Carlos Ruiz catches Damon's foul ball, he would have had a 1-2-3 inning. Also, with Mariano Rivera pitching the ninth, it is likely that Lidge would have ended up pitching the 10th inning anyway, so you might as well use him when the Yankees two best righties, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, are likely to bat in the inning. Maybe Chad Durbin would have been a better option, maybe Scott Eyre should have turned Teixeira around, but it's tough to blame this one on the manager, as much as I'd like to.


Anonymous said...

i like blanton and thought he pitched decent enough, but i can't agree that he outpitched sabathia

Andy Musser said...

More strikeouts, fewer walks, fewer hard-hit outs, fewer home runs. He allowed one legitimate hit the entire game.

Anonymous said...

as painful as it is to still talk about this game...
did dubee or ruiz walk out to lidge when damon reached to remind him that nearly anyone in the mlb can and will steal on him unless he throws over or steps off on occasion? i know it seems silly because he is a professional baseball player who should know things like keeping runners honest, or backing up third base on steals to second when the shift is on but dont you think its the managers job to at least nail the point home?

Scott Graham said...

The more I think about it, I would like to place the loss on Charlie. I've always been a fan of only moving the 3B in a shift. That way, only Pedro Feliz is playing a foreign position. Rollins could play SS, Utley 2B, and Feliz 1B/2B/RF.

I guess I can also place some blame on Lidge on that play. Even if he doesn't start running until Damon breaks for third, he only needs to run ~ 65 ft (I'm being generous and saying he was on the right side of the infield). If he can't beat Damon with a 25 ft head start, there's a problem. I think even if he just started to run, Damon might have stayed. No blame on Ruiz or Feliz on this play.

Anonymous said...

Blanton had 4 "earned runs", however if Utley gets just one out on that play, than Rollins is playing Jeter more to pull, the inning is over and it is still 2-2.

I hate to complain about Utley's decissions, but with no out and the 8 hole up getting the out is much more important than turning an absurd double play. Am I right in assuming he could easily have turned and got the out at first?

Even after that infield single, would you play Rollins at double play depth? Why cheat against someone hitting .400 this series, why gamble?

I thought that play was beyond stupidity

Anonymous said...

if lidge admits that he didnt know what to do on that play, theres a problem. its not as if he hasnt seen utley go first to third on a howard hit because noone has covered third like 40 times in two years. im not even sure why a shift was necessary since texiera hasnt been hitting well nor is a dead pull hitter, and that decision surely comes from the manager.

Andy Musser said...

The difference between a runner on second and a runner on third with 2 outs is not significant, except for the possibility of a wild pitch. If Lidge refused to throw a slider to Rodriguez because he was fearing a wild pitch, then he should trust his catcher more. The issue is that Lidge is awful at holding runners on base.

As for the Utley play, I am not sure he would have been able to retire Cabrera at first base. Cabrera has pretty good speed and Utley's momentum would have been difficult to stop, let alone plant and throw across to first base in time.

Scott Graham said...

I meant to question even the fact of a shift in my comment earlier. I didn't think it was necessary, but if so, why not just more Feliz all the way around.

Prediction: If the Phillies win tonight, the series will go 7 games.