Dave Roberts should not have pitched Brandon Morrow last night
Less than a week ago, I wrote an article praising Dave Roberts for sticking to his guns and pulling Rich Hill from Game 2 after four innings pitched. Last night in Game 5, Roberts made the mistake of bringing in relief pitcher Brandon Morrow in the seventh inning…
Morrow had pitched in the previous four games, with one day off, and had pitched in all but one of the Dodgers’ postseason games before last night. He’d pitched well, of course, but it was a heavy workload, especially for a converted starter who doesn’t have much experience pitching nearly every day. He’d never once pitched three days in a row before last night. As such, prior to the game, Roberts told the press that Morrow would not be available to pitch.
Morrow, of course, pitched. And he pitched horribly, allowing four runs on four hits, two of which were homers, and needing only six pitches to do it. It was clear he had nothing from the get-go. So what in the hell was he doing in there? Roberts in the postgame press conference:
“He called down and said that he felt good. He was throwing today, he felt good. He called in the middle of the game, said, ‘Hey, if we take the lead, I want to pitch. I want the ball. My body feels good.’ So in the 7th inning there, you can’t turn him down. He’s felt good, he wanted to be in the game. It’s a credit to him to be used the way he has been and want the baseball.”
Uhh, sorry Dave but as the manager of the ball-club you CAN turn him down and honestly, you should have. What major league ball-player will say, “no, sorry skip I don’t think I should pitch tonight.” No ball-player with a shred of competitive fire would say that.
Of course Roberts then compounded the error by leaving Morrow in as long as he did. He gave up a homer to a dead straight fastball right in George Springer’s wheelhouse on his very first pitch. That alone should’ve told Roberts that Morrow had no command, because a pitcher with command doesn’t leave a straight pitch in George Springer’s wheelhouse. His next pitch was a solid single by Alex Bregman. At that point he should’ve fetched him, but he left him in to give up a double to Jose Altuve and a homer to Carlos Correa. He blew the lead and, ultimately, the game (though he had lots of help in that regard).
For the most part in this series Roberts has stuck to ‘what got him here’– pulling his starters before they face the Astros lineup a third time, going to his usual relievers etc. But this is one mistake that could come back and haunt him and stay with him for a very long time.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/dave-roberts-should-not-have-pitched-brandon-morrow-last-night/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/960x0.jpg?fit=960%2C640&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/960x0.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1MLBRecent Posts#MLB,Dave Roberts,Houston Astros,LA Dodgers,World SeriesLess than a week ago, I wrote an article praising Dave Roberts for sticking to his guns and pulling Rich Hill from Game 2 after four innings pitched. Last night in Game 5, Roberts made the mistake of bringing in relief pitcher Brandon Morrow in the seventh inning... Morrow had...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk