Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Explanation Please

We've had the discussion some in the thread, but I figured today we would try and figure out why Yost brings Hall in late when Branyan starts, but does not do the same when Hall starts?

Yesterday, JoJo started, went 2.1 innings, and Cox went the rest of the game (save one out) with righties. This may be the Water Boy method of keeping the ball away from Branyan. Teams trot out their LOOGY to start the game just to make sure Branyan doesn't start, then promptly go to the real starter after an inning or two. (Not what happened, but it would be awesome).

Seriously though, Branyan gets subbbed out practically every close game late for defensive reasons, never mind that he is a better 3rd basemen than Hall, while the same never happens in reverse.

There are many more right handed bullpen arms than left, so I would think you would want to have your left handed platoon bat (especially since, ya know, he is better defensively) in the game late?

What am I missing?

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