Never send Honeycutt to the mound without taking out the pitcher. I felt it coming both times – Kershaw was breezing and midway
through the fifth inning, he lost it. Flat out lost it! I mean, even Ray Charles could see it! He went from being very good to just downright awful. To me, it looked like something or someone got into his head and all he was hearing was “You can’t throw strikes. You can’t throw strikes. You can’t throw strikes.” Clayton’s Evil Twin simply took over. When Honeycutt went to the mound, I told my wife and son that Kershaw was shot. “Stick a fork in him DONE!” I love Clayton Kershaw and think he’s “all that,” but this is the NLCS and you can’t play around. He had to come out. PERIOD!
The same with Sherrill – after the two walks, I said “He needs to come out.” These situations with Kershaw and Sherrill are classic examples of why you can throw out the book for the playoffs. Forget statistics. The stats say that the Phillie’s Left Handers don’t hit lefties! Yeah, right. Kershaw and Sherrill both know different, and as usual walks come back to kill you.
Look, as much as anyone, Joe Torre should know there is no tomorrow in the playoffs. Maybe he didn’t want to hurt Kershaw’s or Sherrill’s psyche. Maybe he wanted them to have high confidence. Well, that didn’t work! Their confidence is shot (temporarily anyway) and we lost the game. There is a high probability that when you give up two (count ‘em two) two-run homers) you will lose the game. Joe Torre was out-managed last night. Charlie Manual went with a closer who had a 7.25 ERA during the season blew 11 saves. In the playoffs, you have to make moves fast, furious and frequently! This is a new season – we are only down one game, but we can’t afford to lose another at home. After the game Kershaw said: “I needed to make adjustments, but I just couldn’t make them fast enough.” That happens when you are 21 years-old. Grow from it and forget it. We need you to step up big in your next start (assuming you will have a NEXT start).
- Kemp, Loney, Ethier and Martin had 10 hits! Wow!
- These guys need to realize that we are in a very unique position, especially due to the fact that McCourt’s divorce proceedings have the ability to destroy the team next year. I’m not saying that WILL happen, just saying that it CAN!
- Casey Blake looked sorta lost…
- It’s just one game. I think we will bounce back – don’t slit your wrists, but JT has to move quicker.