It’s the “hindsight game” and you know what they say about that, right?
First off, I have no idea why Perlozzo pulled Guthrie. It’s one thing if Guthrie said he was out of steam. If that’s the case, you go ahead and take him out. But it sure didn’t look like he was out of gas and I haven’t heard or read anything that would lead me to believe Guthrie couldn’t go another batter or two, at the very least.
So the removal of Guthrie is puzzling and certainly led in part to Boston’s miraculous comeback today.
But there were plenty of other goats.
Ramon Hernandez absolutely MUST catch that pop-up in the 9th. Period. Full stop. You just can’t give teams at the major league level extra-outs…especially the Red Sox, in Fenway, no less.
When is Danys Baez going to get his act together? The Red Sox thumped him around like that “whack-a-mole” game at the County Fair.
Last but not least, Chris Ray needs to get people out. He’s the C-L-O-S-E-R. In baseball, that role is given to the guy who comes in and CLOSES the game, CLOSES the DOOR, CLOSES the situation. Ray walks too many people, falls behind in the count to far too many hitters and, for the most part, just isn’t reliable enough for my taste when the game is on the line.
So you can go ahead and heap the entire fiasco on Perlozzo’s shoulders if you want, but that would be unfair. I’m certainly not defending him for his entire body of work this season because I’ve been critical of the way he’s handled the pitching staff throughout the year and today was another blemish on his season-scorecard.
But lots of other guys failed in the 9th inning as well. Hernandez, Baez and Ray were no help either.
This one will be tough to recover from…the best and worst thing about baseball is, you almost always have a game the next day. You can either rebound from a disaster like Sunday or it can linger on for a few days.
We’ll know how the O’s handle it soon enough.