Monday, April 09, 2007

Blogging live - top of the 9th... what do you do... what do you do?

Well here we go - Francona had said he would bring in Papelbon when the game needed saved, and that game needed saved right there, with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th.

So having pitched 2/3 of an inning, do you bring him back out?

Last year, no question.

This year... ah the joys of being the manager.

Presumably, he will pitch the 9th, the game still needs saved, and he has only thrown 5 pitches. He has only pitched once this season, and the Red Sox have an off day tomorrow, so logic says to me that he should pitch the 9th.

But if he needs a lot of pitches, or heaven forbid tweaks something in his arm, Terry is going to find out a lot of people aren't to keen on his management skills.

Of course, the hitters could save us all a lot of grief and put up a crooked number in the top of the 9th!

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