Here we are at Fenway Park, where it’s a beautiful day. Finally.
Just got finished flipping through the comments. If Mariano Rivera had done his job against the bottom of the lineup, everybody would be saying that Joe Torre was a genius.
But the greatest closer there ever was failed. That is Joe’s fault how exactly? If Mariano can’t get Coco Crisp and Alex Cora then it doesn’t matter if Miller Huggins is sitting in the dugout.
Mike Myers has been nearly perfect this season, of course you use him against David Ortiz. He owned Ortiz at the end of last season.
Once Ortiz is on, you have to bring in a right-hander. Vizcaino has been very good this season and is conditioned for 70+ appearances a season. Back-to-back days aren’t a big deal, especially a night game after a day game.
Viczaino failed. Personally, I’d rather see him in the game instead of Kyle Farnsworth, who can’t go back-to-back days for whatever reason. Brian Bruney has been great this season but was a game at Fenway Park the time to introduce him to 8th inning pressure situations?
Then I see where people wanted Pettitte to go over his 100 pitches. He had a bad back and missed the last two weeks of spring training. It was April 20. You can’t run your only healthy and reliable starter out there for 120+ pitches.
They lost a game they should have won and as the manager Joe bears the responsibility. It’s just funny that he never gets any credit for the 96 wins every year but all the blame for the 66 losses.
Mark my words, you will miss him when he’s gone.