April Showers

Not today’s weather, but my tears last night as the Braves blew a lead in the ninth in the worst possible way.

Tim Hudson, bidding for a complete game, loaded the bases on 3 consecutive singles with no outs and Bob Wickman couldn’t stop the bleeding.

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

My question: If the Braves bullpen got so much better in the off-season (and has performed so well this season) why risk Hudson in a 3-run game? Why not just give Wickman the save opportunity earlier?

Or am I daft? Should I be armchair managing against Bobby Cox?

17 Comments so far

  1. Deb (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    I understand giving your starting pitcher, who has been solid, a chance for a complete game. But as soon as he had a man on, someone should have been wamring up. And as soon as two men were on, bring in the closer. IMHO. But I have to admit, since I dislike the Braves, I did love to see this happen. :)

  2. bonitis (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    can we ban deb from commenting? please?

    anyways, seth, i definitely agree with you. give him the chance for the CG, but, yeah, no way you leave him in long enough to load the bases. its too bad huddy didnt get the win because he absolutely deserved it last night.

  3. d.ortiz (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    Maybe you people need to wave your foam rubber hatchets faster next time.

  4. atlpaddy (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    Hey ‘Deb’ and D. Ortiz

    Maybe you people need to put on your pink BloSox caps and f#ck off.

  5. John (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    D.Ortiz, I think the advice the wife/gf gives you can stay in the bedroom next time, but thanks for trying to help.

  6. John (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    Rightly corrected, I’ll add ‘bf’ to that list. Sorry if I offended, D.O!

  7. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    That was a massive cluster-*#$&. Soriano was warming up in the 8th, not Wickman, presumably to save Wickman the trouble of warming up. Hudson starts the 9th like he’d already shut down for the night, then out trots Wickman after a hurry-up warmup, like Soriano was warming up to buy a late-inning hotdog or something. There was some serious communication breakdown going on there.

    And, the Marlins’ fourth or fifth single would have been an out (infield fly) if the corners were playing normal depth.

    Gah! Just horribly, horribly wrong. And, I fear think Wickman isn’t the same, either. Two blown saves now (including yesterday’s) and almost a third (got himself removed from the game before embarassing himself too much).

  8. Deb (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    FYI, I am not a BoSox fan. While I like them and certainly pull for them, they are not my team. My team plays in the same division as the Braves, hence my dislike of the Braves. And ban me from commenting? Seems harsh when all I did was agree with Seth and most of the other posters and said that Cox messed up. He is human after all.

    BTW, loved yesterday’s game too. That game wasn’t Cox’s fault at all, that was all Wickman. I was surprised he took him out because that can’t be good for his confidence. Be interesting to see what happens now with him.

  9. d.ortiz (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 9:18 am

    atlpaddy / john: you make my point for me. Thanks!

  10. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    Sure enough; Wickman’s on the disabled list with a strain. Asking to be pulled from the first Colorado appearance was the tipoff there.

  11. atlpaddy (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    Hey Deb, why so coy about your team of choice? It can’t be because you’re a Mets fan is it? I would say I pity you, but I find it hard to feel anything for Mets fans.

    As for D. Ortiz, what point was that? That you’re an annoying dickweed, perhaps?

  12. John (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

    Just to be clear, D.Ortiz: The point you’re trying to make is that you’re a miserable troll with nothing substantive to add to the conversation?

    As long as we understand each other, glad to be of help!

  13. John (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    Sorry, Paddy, I missed your last comment. Dickweed is *so* much better than ‘miserable trool.’ For some reason, I still muster pity for people like D.Ortiz. But I should know better, it’s a waste of time.

  14. John (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    “a person who enters a blog comments conversation with the intent to hijack it or divert it from it’s subject and tone but does so in such a clumsy, clueless manner as to provoke laughter and derision rather than humorless animosity”

    I typed it accidentally (perhaps with “tool” top of mind), but it doesn’t get more apropos than this

  15. d.ortiz (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Man, you guys are the biggest bunch of wussies I ever saw. Eew! Don’t say bad things about my team! I might cry!

  16. john (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    Yeah, ‘tool’ would have sufficed.

  17. Deb (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Not a Met fan. Hate the Mets. In fact the only time I root for the Braves is when they play the Mets (or if they are playing a team my team needs them to beat). I hate all NY teams. And just so you know, I do root for all other ATL teams since they aren’t in in the same division as my home teams. And sometimes, depending on my team’s record at the time, I even root for them to beat my home teams. In fact I was a big supporter of the Thrashers this year.

    I just don’t like the Braves. And I hate how spoiled some of their fans can be. I mean, I don’t care if you have been in the postseason every year since time began, you sell out! Jeez…even Yankee fans, who have a huge sense of entitlement, sell out their playoff games. And when I say sell out, I mean with your own fans, not because they tickets were so plentiful that fans of the opposing teams could get seats!

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