Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - This World Series has definitely been
fun to watch, but being lost in all the drama is just how bad some of the
decision making has been.
Even before St. Louis' Kolten Wong was picked off at first to end Sunday's
Game 4, this has been one of the sloppier World Series in recent memory.
But, Wong's far from alone in the bad baseball department.
In fact, he's been trumped by the two men most important in making decisions
in this World Series.
We are starting to see why people in Toronto weren't all that concerned when
John Farrell bolted the Blue Jays to take over the Boston Red Sox.
Farrell is going to be named American League Manager of the Year and he was
the driving force behind the Red Sox's improbable worst-to-first turnaround,
but this series won't be on his personal highlight reel.
How he let Brandon Workman hit in the ninth inning in Game 3 against Trevor
Rosenthal with Mike Napoli still on the bench and Koji Uehara ready to go for
the ninth will go down as one of the dumbest moves in the history of the World
Yes, that's how bad it was. Workman had never even had an official at-bat, and
Napoli drove in 92 runs this past season. Bobby Valentine could have even made
By the way, it's utterly ridiculous the Red Sox were even in that position. But
this is not a day to debate the designated hitter. Although, something tells me
that day is coming.
Farrell tried to get cute on Sunday and throw John Lackey in the eighth
inning. John Lackey? Luckily it worked out for him. He got three outs and was
able to get the ball to Uehara, but, really, John Lackey?
Did I miss something? Lackey has had a nice postseason, but he hasn't exactly
been Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez, either. That move could easily have blown
up in Farrell's face, especially since a big reason they are even in this
position is because of their bullpen!
Just because the move worked out doesn't mean it was right.
Then there's St. Louis skipper Mike Matheny, who seems to have no idea what to
do with the unbelievably hot David Ortiz. He pitches to him, Ortiz gets a
hit. He walks him, Jonny Gomes makes him pay.
It's hard to blame Matheny, Ortiz is hitting .727 this series. I'll be stunned
if he sees anything to hit from here on out. I'd walk him with the bases
loaded to minimize the damage. He's been that good.
Ortiz has only made out three times in this series. And one of those outs
should have been a grand slam had it not been for Carlos Beltran.
Matheny, though, did bring in double play machine Seth Maness to pitch to
Gomes, and, of course, that backfired. In his defense, had he left Lance Lynn
in to face Gomes and the outcome had been the same, Matheny would be getting
killed for that. He was in a no-win situation.
Farrell seems to be getting away with some of his mistakes, whereas Matheny
is seemingly making the right call, but it has been blowing up in his face. It
just goes to show you that sometimes managers get too much credit when things
go well and they take too much blame when things go wrong.
But, hey, as bad a series the skippers may be having, the two teams are all
square with three games to play, despite neither team hitting above .235. The
Red Sox are only batting .189, and that's with Ortiz going 8-for-11.
Really, though, how can Wong get himself picked off to end the game? The only
reason Wong is on this roster is to play a little defense and run the bases.
And with Beltran at the plate, he wasn't even going to be running. Yet he
still got picked off.
As crazy an ending as that was, it'll never top the way Game 3 ended. But
still, as exciting as that walk off obstruction call was, it was a play that
never would have happened had Jarrod Saltalamacchia not thrown the ball into
Actually, he shouldn't have thrown the ball period.
That kind of sloppy play has come to define this series. In San Francisco's
four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in last year's Fall Classic, there were
two errors in the whole series.
This year? Well, the teams have combined for 11.
And these were without a doubt the two best teams in baseball.
So let's not get this twisted. Yes, this has been an entertaining series to
watch from a fan's standpoint. But is it an all-time great baseball series?
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