Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Know This Will Be Construed As Criticism...

...but it's really just a question.

Can someone explain to me why Bill Hall was inserted as part of a double-switch when Coffey had just given up the go-ahead run?

I understand that the Rockies had a bunch of lefties coming up, and K-Mach wanted to keep Stetter in the game through the eighth inning. Which is fine and all, except for these issues:

(1) We were no longer protecting a lead, so putting in Hall for defensive purposes doesn't make a lot of sense.

(2) Double-switching with Hall gave us a seventh inning line-up of: Hart, Kendall, Hall. If ever a batting order had "three up, three down" written all over it, it's that one.

(3) Compounding that last problem: putting in Hall for Gamel took our only other left-handed bat out of the line-up. Knowing that Gerut or Catalanotto wouldn't be hitting the seventh, the Rockies didn't have to think twice about putting in that sidearming son of bitch and letting him work the whole frame.

(4) Our last hope in the bottom of the ninth became Frank Catalanotto instead of Gamel. I know the kid probably wouldn't have done anything, but, trailing by one and down to our last out, I'd rather see Gamel than the Catman.

Maybe I'm wrong -- and, if I am, I'm sure the rest of y'all will tell me -- but, to me, that extra inning of Stetter doesn't outweigh these other problems.

(And, finally: no, SBTG and Va Jay Jay, I am not calling for Macha's head. I just didn't understand this particular move.)

12 comments:

FPMKE said...

Catman, I like that moniker. The only problem is that I keep having visions of Rubie & Kirby doing the Cat-dance while Adam West bounces around yelling "Pow!" "Slam!" "Zing!". Now I might have nightmares.

Agreed, putting in Billy Brew and his attrocious offense didn't make a lot of sense.

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

rubie i agree with you, i missed the beginnng of the game and haven't watch that many games recently but Gamel is holding his own over at 3rd isn't he?

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

plus, i figured if you were calling for macha's head you'd ask why he left Looper in for one too many hitters ala nedly

Rubie Q said...

Looper had only thrown 87 pitches and looked outstanding to that point. I have no problem with leaving Looper in.

Gamel has been decent at third. He made a hell of a play yesterday, with a diving stab of a ball down the line and a BB to first to nail a speedy runner.

Master Reid said...

Not that I entirely disagree here, but I can understand the move. Yeah, we weren't protecting a lead anymore, but it was only 1 run. Putting if you don't run Stetter back out there for the 8th you've got your choice of Villa, Chris Smith, or that Burns guy they called up to get through Hawpe (lefty), Stewart (lefty), Tulowitzki, and Gonzalez (lefty). If Stetter does his job and gets those guys without incident (which he did, striking out the side) then you're still just down 1 with the top of the order coming up. You can't take the go ahead run off the board, so why not make sure it stays a 1 run game knowing that your big boys are all gonna get one more shot.

Rubie Q said...

Not to quibble, but: all of our big boys didn't get another shot. Gamel was out the game. (Has he achieved "big boy" status yet? And is Jon Hart still considered a "big boy"? And, if not, can Gamel take Jon's "big boy" status?)

Master Reid said...

Unless I'm mistaken (which I rarely am), the murder's row of Hart, Kendall, Hall batted in the bottom of the 7th. So leaving Stetter in insured that it was still just a one run game when the top of the order came up in the 8th. That meant Hardy, Braun, and if anyone got on Fielder would all be coming up in the 8th. All those guys, plus Cameron, got one more AB in a 1 run game. All 4 of those guys could've potentially tied it with one swing.

Rubie Q said...

Right -- and Gamel could've tied it with one swing, too, as the last hitter in the ninth ... but he was out of the game. That was my point.

Also: I enjoyed your Freudian slip in calling the Hart-Kendall-Hall trifecta a "murder's row" instead of a "murderer's row."

Master Reid said...

Ha! That is funny.

But if you let one of our right-handers try to go out and navigate the heart of the Rockies' order in the 8th you might be needing more than one swing of the bat to tie the game.

Rubie Q said...

Fair enough. I just thought it was an interesting (and, at this point, entirely hypothetical) question: is what you give up offensively w/ Gamel out and Hall in worth that extra inning of Stetter?

Based on Skip's substitution patterns, it looks like we're going to have a lot of data to figure out the answer to that question before the end of the year.

Master Reid said...

Perhaps the more interesting question is: why didn't he make that move sooner? Once Seth Smith was announced as the pinch hitter, he could've brought Stetter in to face him and Fowler, both lefties, and potentially gotten out of the inning still leading. Then you would've had Hall in for defense and Stetter still in to face Helton, Hawpe and potentially Stewart if needed.

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

That is the point I would have made if I had anytime to be on a computer lately. Once Smith was announced I was already to see Stetter come in. If you want to say there was a mistake, that was it.