Fly the Pyrrhic W--Cubs 4 Nationals 3 (10 innings)

First this is the second time I've written this recap. Technology has failed me once again more than two thirds of the way through this recap. So here is your belated recap and my second attempt.

The Cubs traveled to Washington in the middle of their extended homestand. It was a success in the most important senses with a victory. The Cubs held onto their two game edge in the loss column for another day, and the magic numbers continue to drop.

The game started out a pitcher's duel between Joe Ross and Mike Montgomery. Mike Montgomery did no allow a single hit in the game until the bottom of the third inning. Unfortunately it was a Spencer Kieboom home run to center with one out. Monty recovered to retire the Nats with no further damage.

Joe Ross surrendered his first hit in the first at bat of the game to Anthony Rizzo, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double at second. Ross hit a batter and would walk a batter, but the Cubs never managed to place a runner in scoring position until the fourth inning. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a single that floated safely into shallow right against the shift. Noted lifestyles expert Daniel Murphy continued his slump with a flyball out to center, but the Cubs MVP candidate doubled into right. The ball bounced off the wall and kicked away from hopefully future Cub Bryce Harper, and that allowed Bryant to score easily. Victor Caratini bouncced a ball back up the middle to drive in Báez to put the Cubs ahead.

Montgomery and Ross each pitched a scoreless frame working around a walk. Montgomery started the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead but Adrián Sánchez singled to start the inning. Joe Maddon made a number of interesting decisions in this one, and it started by removing Monty at this point after just 62 pitches. The dependable Jesse Chavez retired Kieboom to start his afternoon. Pinch hitter Andrew Stevenson ripped a single into center to move Sánchez to third, and he would score on Víctor Robles sacrifice fly. Chavez struck out Turner to keep the game level at 2.

Tim Collins was the first reliever Davey Martinez turned to, and he struck out noted contact specialist Daniel Murphy who seems to not be making as much contact. Jimmy Cordero came in to face Javier Báez, and the Cubs star managed to untie the game with a single swing. Cordero retired the next five Cubs he faced to keep the Cubs locked at three runs through the seventh inning.

Jorge de la Rosa pitched the bottom of the sixth for the Cubs. It started out promisingly as he struck out both Harper and Anthony Rendon for two outs. Juan Soto started the two out rally with a single. Steve Cishek entered the game and he continued to struggle a little. Ryan Zimmerman walked to put the tying run in scoring position, but Wilmer Difo flew out to end the inning.

Carl Edwards Jr. was given the seventh in the quest to find his command once again. Edwards retired two Nats quickly, but that final out proved elusive once again. Robles drew a walk on the 3-2 pitch and advanced on a wild pitch. Trea Turner fought an eleven pitch against the slender flame thrower, but won the battle hitting a high fastball for a game tying double. Justin Wilson retired Rendon.

Mark Grace entered the game to face the greatest leadoff hitter and Rizzo won it with an odd dribbler down the first base line resulting in a single. Kris Bryant hit a clean single up the middle. Daniel Murphy grounded out to move the pair into scoring position with just one out. Báez was walked and the revitalized Greg Holland entered the game. Willson Contreras was inserted into the game, and he struck out swinging for the second out. Ben Zobrist pinch hit as well and struck out as well to end the inning.

Brian Duensing entered the game to raise my blood pressure, but it worked out with Juan Soto hit a hard out to right. Joe saw enough and switched to the last reliable arm available in the pen. Pedro Strop retired two of the three Nationals he faced in the eighth inning.

Sean Doolittle and Pedro Strop pitched around some poor defense in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. Bryant pulled a double into left for the first clean hit against the very good lefty. Murphy singled for the first time in a week, and then Javier Báez hit what can only be described as a successful bunt fly to score Bryant. Koda Glover walked Contreras to load the bases, and this is where Maddon made the baffling decision to allow Pedro Strop to hit for himself. The worst possible outcome occurred with Strop straining his hamstring unsuccessfully trying to avoid the inning ending double play.

Randy Rosario retired the Nats in the order of the tenth inning, and the Cubs escaped Washington with their 83rd win of the season. However, the news on Pedro Strop wasn't encouraging with the expectation that he will miss at least a few weeks.

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  • “Baffling” is right. Letting Strop hit is one of the worst managerial decisions I have ever seen. Hamstring injuries seem to linger for at least four weeks and usually longer. It’s disappointing.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Agreed. I was shocked when I saw it. This hasn't even second guessing. I have to admit I was a little worried about who was going to close the game. At least Maddon picked the right guy this time.

    Is there any reason Duane Underwood has been brought up yet? Is he injured?

  • In reply to stv711:

    It’s not just the risk of injury. It’s also the fact they have the best left handed pinch hitter in the game. Or if Strop has to hit, maybe instruct him not to swing so he avoids the double play.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    The injury was a fluke. I expect a professional baseball player to be able to play all phases of the game - hit, run, field, etc. He was the best bullpen arm to save the game.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Take the chance on Tommy extending the lead to 2, 3, or 4 with a hit and no need for Strop...

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Joe explained it that he wanted Strop to face Rendon to lead off the bottom of the 10th just to get one out. Sound philosophy. Just didn't work out. After he saw it was a ground ball, Strop should have been smarter and just run at 75%. Fortunately, Rosario was able to get the two right handers out Need to look at Randy's stats to see how his splits are.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Yeah it's unfortunate and I have serious doubts that Strop will be able to come back effectively if they try to push him to come back in a few weeks what can we say Maddon was Joverthinking it lol

  • Strop expects to be out a couple weeks, mri tomorrow

  • In reply to bolla:

    At least a couple weeks, could be longer smdh

  • In reply to bolla:

    Even if he's back in a couple of week hammys are tricky and I doubt he'll be particularly effective. Hamstrings are very easy to reaggravate you can feel like you're close to a full recovery and then pull it again and set yourself back even further. It's one of those injuries where medically it's ideal to allow the player to have a full recovery before testing it again hamstring strains aren't really the type of injuries that are easy to play with. I hope it's not a strain but I'm guessing it is based on their prognosis.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yea, I expect strop to be out for the season, with a slim chance of returning if the cubs get to the nlcs

  • In reply to bolla:

    The only good thing he has going for him is he's a pitcher where there's limited running. It becomes more complicated in sports where you have to sprint like if you're a positional player or say a wide receiver or running back

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Still needs his legs to pitch. Remember arrieta had a hamstring cramp from pitching and missed 2-3 starts last year.

    Max schrezrer hamstring injury(was much later in the season) happened on the mound & is why the cubs were able to beat the nationals in the nlds because he wasn't 100%.

  • In reply to bolla:

    The one thing I think Strop has going for himself is that it was his left leg and not his right one, which he uses pushing off from the rubber. Not sure how it will effect his landing, but I would think that is not as necessary as the strength he’ll need from his right leg. Obviously his follow through and landing are important to his control and fielding his position, but I’m sure Contreras, Rizzo, and Javy will have his back on the fielding component. I don’t know, if I’m wrong about that, let me know.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    You nailed it! They will likely pitch him from the stretch when he comes back. You pitch with your legs first, if it was his right leg it could be enough to have him done for the year. His left leg the chance of reinjuring it is lower. And should not affect his pitching if he can get it healed. There is almost 3 weeks until the NLDS starts, I think he can be ready with an off leg injury. The nice thing is if they can get his leg healthy his arm will get a nice rest and that could help him.

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    He (Strop) is a battler. We don’t know what Joe told him to do—he might have said just take a few swings and sit down. Strop ran down that line. This is why I didn’t want to see Rizzo pit he—he could have twisted an ankle and then think of the abuse Joe would have taken.
    From everyone’s comments it doesn’t sound like Stropp will be back this year.

  • We know that Joe expects his pitchers to be ballplayers not just pitchers. Strop had his good stuff and had not thrown that many pitches(19 I think). It was a big game and Maddon wanted his veteran closer in the bottom half of the inning. It's hard to predict injuries. I'm not second guessing him here. Just an unfortunate result. I'm glad for the W. It was a must win and hard fought game. I hope Strip heals quick.

  • 2018 has been a strange season filled with multiple unusual events.

    It just goes to prove how non linear and unpredictable the game can be.

  • With the winm the Magic Number is now 15. With all the struggles and injuries, it seems a bit sureal to do this. But the Cubs are still in 1st place.

    MIL hosts PIT this weekend, StL continues its 4-gamer vs LAD, while the Cubs host last place but feisty CIN.

  • I guess Cubs use a combo of Wilson and Cishek to close with maybe Morrow, if he can come back, replacing Edwards with 2 innings or so a week. If they can limp this way, no pun intended, into the playoffs you could switch Montgomery to the pen for another arm then. Doesn’t instill much confidence but what can you do. This could be the most costly win I’ve ever witnessed. Now Maddon will have to go longer with his starters whether he likes it or not. He has no choice.

  • Chavez could be closing too.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    Chavez has pitched well for us, he will surely be in the late inning mix.

  • Looking for the word “fatigue” anywhere here.....amazing how it disappears when we get a W.......

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Fatigue should never have been brought up in the first place

  • Crazy the team battled back to win this game. When Edwards coughed up the lead and Willson whiffed on a huge situation, I thought this was a lost game. This team’s resiliency is something to be proud of. There is no quit with these guys.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    The cubs were losing 1-0 after the 3rd then tied it up and took the lead. From top of 4th on they were never losing? I agree these guys try hard and battle but 1-0 after 3 innings is hard to count as never giving up

  • Maddon is an IDIOT. Fire his butt at the end of the year. Go have magic shows somewhere else.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    No he is not. Maddon has a reason for everything that he does. He does seem to enjoy being being creative, but )in Joe's world pitchers hit, bunt, respect 90, and sometimes play leftfield. One could argue that's baseball the way it was meant to be played. It's how the NL rolls, only with Maddon a little more so.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Joe likes his pitchers to be players. How about let your starting pitcher go beyond 4-5 innings.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    This language seems unnecessary. You could make your point more convincingly with less inflammatory language and more cogent arguments.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Strop should not been allowed to hit. He had already thrown 2 innings and with expanded rosters and Tommy on the bench. Sports writers seem to be asking the same questions I am. Why have him hit? Joe over manages, thinks he is smarter than everyone else and now has cost us our only closer we had. Probably any chance of advancing far in the playoffs. I’m sorry if my unnecessary language offended you but Joes in game tactics have worn thin on a lot of fans.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Strop was the best option to pitch the bottom of the tenth. He was a position player in the minors and is capable of hitting and running to first base.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    We can argue all day.
    Now we can watch Carl blow games.

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    Yes You May!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I’m no Barley, but I am a milk stout, so I’ll stand in until he comes back... & tweak it just a little so as not to replace him: Thank you sir, may “we” have another?

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    Thank you MS,
    Yers You May!!

  • Morrow is supposed to be ready to pitch in a week, but he’s already fragile and probably won’t be used in back to backs or go multiple innings.

    gotta hope someone steps up or its wilson to close and it’s imperative Edwards gets back on track he’s really needed now

  • In reply to bolla:

    I don't see Edwards getting back on track. He was sitting 93 (was 96-97 in the first half before his injury). He was getting no swings and misses. Turner fouled off 7 or 8 pitches, which is something batters generally just are not able to do against his stuff. Something has to be wrong.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    He needs to pitch backward. Use the hard slider more often. But, the problem is he also has to throw strikes.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    That's the problem. He has been starting hitters with the breaking ball, and throwing it in hitters' counts. But it doesn't matter when you can't locate. Yesterday he did throw strikes for the most part, but the stuff is not there.

  • In reply to bolla:

    They have already said he won't go back to back games.

  • I'm not a Maddon basher, and I hope he sticks around with the Cubs for a long time...
    but that was without a doubt the worst game I've seen him manage.
    2) Cannot go to CJ in games within 3 runs right now. I get that the pen is gassed and you needed 5 innings, but there has to be a better option down there. de la Rosa, Rosario, I don't care.
    3) Pinch hitting for Caratini with Willson. If you want to PH, fine. Caratini is not a good RHH. But Grace strikes out nobody, and Holland is a good K pitcher. This is the 2nd time this week Joe has baited the opposing manager into bringing in a better reliever. If you have to PH there, you don't go to Willson with the bases loaded. He's either a K or a double play just about every PA now. Why not Zobrist there, and then you can hit Willson with 2 outs?
    3) Letting Strop hit there was unconscionable. It's not Joe's fault he got hurt. But you have La Stella available to break the game open, and then you can go to Rosario with a 2 or 3 run lead. Plus strop had already thrown 1.2 IP. He's never gotten more than 6 outs in his career. And although it's not his fault Strop got hurt, that possibility has to be at the forefront of Maddon's mind.

    Theo has got to be livid with him.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I don't think anyone was worried about a player getting hurt running to first base. It is not like this is a common occurrence.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I think even putting the injury aside who knew that would happen although Strop is 33 more importantly why do you want the guy to go 3 innings in a regular season game this isn't game 7 especially when his spot his up in the lineup with a great opportunity to extend the lead with the bases loaded and 1 out and our best pinch hitter waiting on the bench. Yes in theory Strop is a better reliever than Rosario but number one you ideally don't want to push the guy 3 innings as we need to be careful with our last healthy reliable reliever. Number 2 by allowing him to bat Maddon is essentially sabotaging the teams opportunity to extend the lead by 2+runs. I trust Strop more than Rosario but I'd rather use Rosario in a 3 run lead than Strop in a 1 run lead especially when you consider that Strop was already stretched 2 innings which is longer than he's accustomed to. I have a lot of respect for Maddon but another example of him Joverthinking his pitching change moves. It's funny the fanbase wouldn't be happy if Maddon was replaced most appreciate and respect what he's done but Theo didn't exactly give him a vote of confidence in him when he was asked about his job security. I wonder if there's some philosophical differences there maybe his pitching change decisions included in that.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    The more I think about it, the more I feel like Strop was in there just for Rendon. Or Maddon was going to move him to LF, have Rosario get Soto, and bring Strop back in. Which kind of makes it worse. You're forfeiting extra runs to have Strop pitch to 1 batter.
    I don't think Maddon should be fired, or that the Cubs should get someone else. I'd be floored if he doesn't finish his contract (I'd even be a little surprised if he isn't extended) I'm not sure anyone is better, really. Sure there are better tacticians, but as far as managing people and keeping players fresh for the long haul, I'll take Maddon. He sure has done some silly stuff recently though.
    I missed the Theo comments. Interesting.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Maddon did say the plan was for Strop to just face Rendon who is better against lefties than righties so my guess is he didn't like the matchup with Rosario. And I agree with you the logic of not only overextending your most reliable reliever but also prioritizing getting only one single hitter out at the expense of sabotaging our based loaded 1 out rally is just baffling to me.

    I personally like Maddon at manager easy call for me unless someone like Tito Francona became available which isn't happening. Sure you may find better in game tacticians but you're also gonna lose a lot of the good things that Maddon does with culture and fundamentals. This is the best baserunning and defensive group the cubs have ever had in my eyes and I think Maddon is a big part of that his teams are always strong in these measures. Theo basically danced around the question about Maddon's job security. He said they're happy with Joe the guy averages over 90 wins a year and has a lot of success here but he declined to comment basically on his job security and he gave no indications that the team would love to have him back. The rumors are the front office and coaching staff may have some philosophical differences I don't know if these rumors are true or not I just know I don't trust anything Bob Nightengale reports lol

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I missed that too if those Theo Comments were recent. There was a lot of speculation a few weeks ago ( w/ his resume Joe hasn't been extended yet ) that Theo and co were looking to replace him and the popular name was AJ Hinch who apparently subscribes to their type of thinking. Now w AJ getting his extension recently, he is no longer going into next season as a "Lame Duck" manager.

    I am Pretty sure Joe will get an extension but a small one ( like 2 yr or something) and they will give him 1 more year to prove he can manage the way they want him to. They can't let him go into next yr w out an extension, as the chicago media will read way too much into it. Plus Joe will have his people putting stories out and Theo and co would be bombarded w unwanted questions.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    This is according to the athletics patrick mooney Theo Epsteins response to Nightengale's: “Joe is a terrific leader and partner, and we are thrilled with his job performance the last four years,” Epstein wrote in a text message. “Since 2015 the Cubs have the most regular season wins and the most postseason wins in all of baseball; it’s hard to have a better track record than that.

    “Joe is under contract through 2019, and he is clearly in good standing with the organization. We are focused on trying to win another championship and will not address Joe’s contract status until there is reason to do so.” End of Epsteins quote

    Theo is a transparent executvie but he generally chooses his words very carefully. If he was all in on Maddon I would've expected a response more like "I'm not gonna get into too much detail about negotiations but Joe knows how we feel about him and he knows we'd like to continue our successful relationship."

    Let's keep in mind that this was in response to a report that the cubs may move on from Maddon if we get eliminated early from the postseason so when you put that into context not the greatest vote of confidence. Given the lack of attractive alternatives I think you're absolutely right that Maddon still gets extended just on a shorter term deal.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Don’t fall trap to sensationalism drummed up by media just trying to fill a page. Epstein’s quote was somehow disingenuous to you? What else is he supposed to say? He has no responsibility to discuss anyone’s future or salary with any other third party and now in the middle of a pennant race why should it even be an issue to anyone?

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I definitely agree in preferring Rosario to save a 3 run lead, but we’ve all heard Joe mention how he puts guys in these different situations so he knows better how he can use them in the playoffs. I think that’s what he was going for. Not only seeing how Strop comes in mid inning, but going out there a couple more times after ending the inning, and further how he’ll perform in his next outing. It’s rather unfortunate, but I think Joe was testing how hard he can be ridden in the playoffs, especially knowing that Hamels pitches tonight and that he may not need to rely on his best bullpen members on Friday night against the Reds.

  • First, who knew that the former Cub First Basemen came back for his second career pitching appearance? Wow!

    Secondly, anyone who blames the Strop injury on Maddon is a moron. It is a freak/fluke injury. Could have happened just as easily with him trying to cover first, or home. Complain all you want about him swinging (inning ending double plays aren't fun), speculate about him going more than one inning, but the injury isn't Joe's fault.

  • So if I understand Joe's thinking...He was going to bat Strope no matter what the result of Contreras's AB. Then why have LaStella in the on deck circle? Did Joe let Contreras know that he was NOT going to be pirch hitting for Strope? To me, if the Nationals saw Strope on deck wouldn't you think they would be careful with Wilson? Luckily Wilson controlled the strike zone and walked.

    So now Joe is not using a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and only one out. He is letting Strope hit with the bases loaded 1 out in a 1 run game knowing that his plan was for Strope to only face Rondon in the bottem of the 10th? Does not compute.

  • In reply to MilwaukeeRoad:

    He had Tommy in the on deck circle to try and make the Nats give Wilson something to hit. And he did get two pitches to hit and woefully swung and missed both. Fortunately they ended up walking him because if the pitcher would have thrown another strike, Wilson would have been toast. And Yes, Joe wanted Strop to face Rondon. It does compute. To me that wasn't a bad plan it's just that Strop should no better than to try and leg that DP out in that situation. I will totally agree with the PP about having Wilson hit for Caratini earlier. Heck, at that point, if you are taking Carrot down, I would rather see Taylor Davis than Wilson cause Wilson is ice cold and doesn't look good at all. I would question eyesight except for the fact that he does seem to recognize balls/strikes. Hope Carrot is back in there today against Harvey.

  • Maddon does appear to over think thIngs sometimes, but he has forgotten more baseball than nost of his critics ever knew. I was livid after game7 in 2016, but the longer I observe his Schick the more I appreciate his big picture and in game moves in must win games.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Joe is one of the best managers in baseball. He is not going anywhere anytime soon no matter how much his critics complain.

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    Joe should stay imo. He's the one that keeps the players loose. Losing Martinez was big, because he was the yin to Joe's yang. Chili Davis was a terrible pick up also. You can make the argument that he's the reason for Javy becoming elite, but I highly doubt that. Javy was due to figure it out by himself due to his baseball knowledge & instincts. I'm really missing Mallee now. As for Hickey, he's been okay.
    Yes, alot of people don't believe coaches make a huge difference in players production, but even if they make a small difference its quite obvious with the 2018 Cubs.

  • Unless the indians fire tito francona or you prefer joe girardi.Joe maddon is the best option.I don't agree with everything he does but he's the best manager the cubs have had in my life.He does make some weird decisions at times, but he also helped change the culture and embraced the challenge of winning the world series whe he took the job. Besides using chapman with a 5 run lead in game 6 and bringing in lester with a man on after adamantly saying he wouldn't in game 7.No complaints overall from me

    Sidenote I wanted the cubs to hire girardi in 2006 over pinella

  • In reply to bolla:

    Good post. Managing along is part of the fun and everybody can have an opinion, but the name calling and bashing gets tired. It's all good and most of us get a little too harsh on occasion. We don't want to go too negative here though. This is John's site.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Yea I try to scale back my negativity personally.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I'd agree with this I disagree with maddon's in game moves a decent amount but the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Maddon has an awful lot of positives and even if you bring someone else in they won't be able to replace some of the strengths that Maddon has going for him

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    Surprised that he didn’t pinch hit for Strop but actually the times I have seen him swing the bat he is not a bad hitter. Strop is a competitor of course he was going to hustle down the line

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    Maddon has had success whoever he’s been and we’ve been in the NLCS 3 straight years and we had 2016. I disagree with some of his decisions (Hendricks in game 7) being the most egregious but he does look at the big picture. I know he’s got talent to work with but that’s not easy either. A different sport but Utah Jazz had Malone and Stockton, 2 of the best players ever and could never win a title. I think Joe knows his players, what they can and can’t do and finds out during the season who can do what the best.
    I don’t watch other teams but I’ll bet there’s a lot more critsicm of their managers than we have of Joe.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I watch at least a portion of 1-2 games each night. Every team has fans that criticize their manager. None of know what is going on behind the scenes in each clubhouse. Is a player banged up, have a hang over, been told they will have a full day off, having a bad go of it at home? Those are things that the great managers who know their players and have open lines of communication know. And like Bolla said earlier, Maddon is the best Cubs manager of the last 50 years and possibly ever.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    In case you may have forgotten, Stockton, Malone, and Sloan had to face this fella you may have heard of, he's kind of a big deal in this city of Chicago, whats his name, oh yea, Michael Jeffrey Jordan.

    I am fairly confident if there is no Jordan, the Jazz win at least 1 title if not more.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Jim, I’ve heard of that guy. I guess my point was that even with elite talent it’s hard to win, or sometimes with lesser talent a team will come together and win.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Also its the beauty of the game we all love. There are more then one way to win a baseball game and those decisions and debates is what keeps us tuning in. A marvelous thinking mans game !

  • Taking all of the personalities out of the picture...The question remains; How may times would you let a RP bat (his 2nd AB all season), with the bases loaded and only 1 out in a one run game KNOWING that you were only going to use this picture for the 1st batter in the bottom of the inning? That is what Joe said, he only intended to use Strope for Rondon in the 10th.

    Legit question. No maddon bashing.

  • In reply to MilwaukeeRoad:

    An out, especially in an away game in extra innings and the first out, Is really important. Yes, it is a legit question.

  • In reply to MilwaukeeRoad:

    If there were two outs and no one on I could see the logic of letting him pitch.

    One out, the bases loaded, and the best pinch hitter in the NL available on the bench....come on. I love Joe. But...

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    Didn’t trust what he had left in bullpen The bullpen has been solid lately.

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    Hasn’t

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    It is getting close to playoff time. Stubbs, I believe that is his name, is due back

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    Also, I believe that Tommy was the only position player left on the bench. If we had another player then I'm guessing Strop wouldn't hit, but then again we have to believe Joe thought Strop was the best pitcher if he had to go another inning, and if Tommy hit into a DP then our bench is bare until the game is over--and what if we had to put someone (a pitcher) playing the field, Joe would have been in a bind.
    He knows more than we do about the players in the clubhouse. Now, as so many times this year, it's next man up.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wasn’t Davis still available?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    You’re right, I just looked at the box score from yesterday and he wasn’t listed. If he was announced and then was set down because the Nats changed pitchers would he show up in the box score? Idk.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I would think he’d be listed because he is technically in the game. 0-0?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I think you're right.

  • Let’s be thankful the Nats didn’t start Schezer.

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