Does anybody still think Billingsley can’t step up in a big game? He stepped up big time, and then when he failed to get a call on Pujols (WHICH WAS A STRIKE AND BOTH CARDINAL ANNOUNCERS SAID SO), he lost concentration. That is not good by any measure, and Chad has to be able to overcome that, but for a kid who celebrates his 25th birthday today, he’s pretty good – he just sometimes chokes in the clutch. Not the first guy and it doesn’t have to be a continual thing. He just needs to build on some successes. Everyone is blaming him, and rightfully so, but I do not believe Chad should have been in that position.Chad should have been out of the inning. on a strike out of Pujols and throw out at 2B by Martin. Instead, there were two runners on with1 out. Martin was jawing with the ump, but it’s not the catchers place to do that. Torre should have been out there YELLING, I SAID YELLING, at the ump and gotten ejected. That tells Bills that they believe in him and would have given him more confidence. It might have woken uop the team too. I guarantee that Tony LaRussa would have fell on his sword, but Torre just sits in the dugout. That was a horrible way to manage the game…
Young guys need to be treated differently than vets and every player is different. I cannot begin to tell you how inspired Chad would have been to see his skipper tossed arguing for him. Would it have worked? Well, it didn’t work the way Torre did it – sitting in the dugout, letting Chad feel alone, cheated and angry. Bills lost it… and he shouldn’t, but we’ve seen it before and those of us who watch every game knew what was going to happen. My point is that it didn’t have to happen.
Jeff Weaver was very close to being the Cards ace a few years ago when he couldn’t pitch for anyone else – Dave Duncan played a role, but so did LaRussa. Like him or not, he will stand up for a player. Charlie Manual (3rd on the ejection list) got ejected right before the playoffs last year and obviously the team was inspired. It was suggested that Joe Torre wouldn’t have had to motivate a young Andy Pettitte, assuming that he was a clutch pitcher. He did become one later in his career, but here’s Andy’s playoff ERA when he was in his Mid to Late 20′s: 5.14, 5.69, 5.94, 8.69, 11.59, 12.30 – if Joe didn’t try and motivate him, maybe he should have. Andy later became a clutch pitcher.
In a scoreless game, where your guy has just gotten a horrible call and your team hasn’t scored, an on the field tirade with an ejection could have been just what the doctor ordered. Instead, Torre sat there while his team was humiliated! Bad managing. PERIOD! Everyone is writing about Billingsley’s meltdown and saying he’s soft, a head case, etc. I say “look beyond conventional wisdom, because conventional wisdom is usually wrong!” Bills needs to toughen up – that’s a given, but a good manager can accelerate that process!
So far, I am the only one taking this position, which means I’m either a genius or an idiot. You pick!
- Is Joe really considering allowing Schmidt to make his next start?
- OK, I told you Randy Johnson wouldn’t make it through the season. Rotator Cuff. He’s toast!
- Manny sure looks lost right about now.
- Joe needs to move Kemp up in the lineup – he isn’t seeing any fastballs.
- Elbert for Sherrill? Too much! Give them Abreu.
- We might get Washburn in late August, after Seattle falls out of contention….
- Vin is allegedly going to retire after 2010/
- Dodgers’ Magazine has an article on Vin. I recommend both the Magazine and Media Guide. You can’t be a Dodger Fan without it. Order yours HERE.