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1. Why was John Jay batting in that situation? Because the Cards don't really have a backup CF. They are waiting on a hot prospect (Taveras is the last name, I think Oscar is the first). But Taveras got hurt in AAA this year and missed a lot of playing time. Shane Robinson is basically the only backup CF the Cards have, and he doesn't hit any better than Jay does. I'm not even completely sure he's on the roster for the WS, although I guess he'd have to be, in case Jay gets hurt.
2. Why didn't the Sox walk Jay to set up force plays? Because whoever the Cards used next (I doubt it would have been Kozma) would have almost certainly been a better bet to hit a Sacrifice Fly and score the winning run. Jay hits grounders, when he hits at all.
I dont really see it as a close game played poorly but rather a very equally matched game that had to be decided by small errors. Close games tend to magnify small errors. But others will see it as poor play.
I like that viewpoint, as I've been taking the opposite view more or less, but that is a much more positive way to look at things.
I know if I were a Red Sox fan I would've gone through a few stages of outrage and disbelief before admitting they got the call right.
The mainstream media is hammering Farrell for letting Workman bat. Did I miss the discussion somewhere? Is there a reasonable defense for that decision?
People who want Farrell fired for that deserve Bobby Valentine
If starting Gomes is firable what is getting them to the World Series worth
By the way, you were predicting a September collapse and 89 wins as last as the Giant series,
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