Jimy's Danged If He Does,...
added 5/27/2002 by Steve Cutchen
So prevailing opinion is that Jimy's been pulling his starting pitchers too soon. Hmmm...
Today, after 7 innings, Roy was at 95 pitches. We're in a 1-1 game and the Cards are tossing Stechschulte, who has great numbers this year. In the bottom of the 7th, with 2 outs and no one on, Roy bats for himself (and strikes out). This is certainly a place where Jimy would have been expected to pinch hit. 7th inning. 95 pitches... but he lets Roy go.
Today, it didn't work.
Four batters into the 8th and it is 4-1, with 1 out. THEN Roy gets pulled. Stone and Dotel were nails. But 4-1 was too big.
So step up, all you second guessers. All you folks that have been mad at early pulls. The problem is not when starters are pulled.
When Lugo grounded to short to lead off the 8th, I told my son, 'Well, there goes our chance of winning. Now Berkman can only hit a two run homer and we're down three...' He actually got the two run homer, but so what. It was not enough.
The problems with the Astros are offensive. In both senses of the word.
Only ONE Astro has an OPS over 900. And only TWO are over 800. That is terrible. Last year we had 5 to 6 guys over 800 most of the year.
Today, we had hits in the first 6 innings.
We had 2 hits in the 3rd and 4th.
We had leadoff batters on in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th.
Out of all of this, we got ONE run... on a lead-off homer in the 6th.
Even the one run we got was not from putting together anything sustained.
How apropos was it that Biggio made the last out in the ninth, with the Astros down by one and the winning run in scoring position. If this was a
movie, the critics would pan it as too predictable.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, continue to excel at situational hitting. Polanco leads off innings twice with singles and scores both times. Both times on sacrifice flies. Roy pitched great today.
Through 3 innings, he threw 28 strikes and only 8 balls. Should Jimy have left him in to pitch the 8th? Maybe. Maybe not.
Hindsight is 20-20. But I'm going to get off Jimy's case for a while. The real problem with this team is not in Williams' control. It is the offense. Plain and simple.