Too Much Cueto
I’m only catching highlights at mlb.com but can someone explain why Cueto was left in the game so long? It was pretty clear after he gave up back2back bombs that it was time for a change. Besides the obvious Bochy flaw of leaving his starters in too long I think he’s got a thing about Cueto being the horse, the guy who goes 9 innings all the time. Maybe he got lulled into that more than just being afraid to go to his bullpen. I mean, come on, how could he be reluctant to use bp guys? It’s not like they’re going anywhere. He HAS to use them, all year.
Belt has been moved down to 6th in the LU, I think that’s been pretty clearly decided by Bochy. If he’s going to bat all the way down there he needs to get off his obsession with walks. Two more in the bank last night. It doesn’t do any good to take a walk for the dudes at the bottom of the LU behind you. He took a very close ball 4 pitch last night with guy(s?) on base (at least I think that’s the vid-replay I saw). Again, what does that accomplish? I like the walk and it’s an important part of an offense but it’s not like we have a bomber offense that can drive his walky-ass in all the time.
The Phillies, as I said a couple of days ago, are an interesting team. They definitely don’t quit, they’ve got guys who are playing for their major league lives right now. That type of attitude and approach to the game can be tough to play against.
by the way Mac, great re-cap of the game at the end of the last thread.