Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Second Guessing

When the 9th inning rolled around last night, Ned Yost had a couple options on who to send out to the mound to record the final three outs, Joakim Soria and Aaron Crow.

In a world devoid of bullpen roles and the overrated save stat, Crow would've likely pitched the final inning. If Yost had stayed with Crow, win or lose, he likely wouldn't have been second guessed. That's because Crow has been dominant all year, and Soria has not. Soria has a career high BB/9 (4.7) and a career low SO/9 (6.1), he has not looked anything like the guy we've grown spoiled watching. I don't know if he's hurt or what, but coming off a rough homestand, KC was in desperate need of a win and with his control issues, Soria probably wasn't the right guy for the 9th inning.

But Yost sent him out there anyway, and with a little help from Wilson Betemit, he gave up 3 runs to lose the game. Another way to look at it, he gave up more runs last night than Crow has given up all year (2).

I'm not campaigning for Crow to be installed as closer because we know what that will mean, he'll only pitch in save situations and tied games. I'd just like to see Yost be a little unconventional, go with the hot hand, so to speak. At least until Soria gets his mojo back, then I'd like to see Crow in the rotation, but that's a post for another day.


  1. The only problem with using the 'hot hand' is that if you continue to do that, when will Soria get a chance to redeem himself. Without opportunities to prove himself worthy of being a closer, how will you know that he's back on track? Don't you have to continue putting him in that position until he proves he can no longer perform (which seems to be getting closer).

    I imagine that it's one of the more difficult decisions a manager has to make - when to pitch someone who's been "cold" lately. If he continues to pitch poorly, it may make him look like a fool. If he pitches well, he may seem lucky.

    Baseball reminds me of Star Wars a bit... Yoda said it best:

    “Do or do not... there is no try.”

    Either you do your job or you fail.

  2. You raise a good point, and one I probably should have covered, but I think there are plenty of situations where he can redeem himself. A 1 run game coming off a shaky outing against the Cards wasn't one of them.

    I've always favored the hot hand philosophy but Soria's always been, well, the guy with the hot hand.

    This lack of faith in him is new and unusual, and I don't like it.

  3. Also 5 stars for quoting Yoda, you can never go wrong there.