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    The importance of the pinch-runner

    Nice call leaving in Papi, Girardi. Was pulling for the NL, and that gaff was a huge reason the drought is over.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    The only player left on the bench was A-rod. You would have pinch ran with A-rod?



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Agreed. Anybody on the AL roster is faster than Papi. Hilarious watching the instant replay of him trying to hustle after he realized, "Oh s***, that ball is dropping!"

    Still the managers are overly cautious because of the 2002 snafu. Nice win N.L. Great pitching.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    The only player left on the bench was A-rod. You would have pinch ran with A-rod?
    Over Papi? No doubt.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    The only player left on the bench was A-rod. You would have pinch ran with A-rod?
    Yeah, A-rod wasn't going to pinch hit for anyone. He's much faster than Ortiz.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    Yeah, A-rod wasn't going to pinch hit for anyone. He's much faster than Ortiz.
    I'll betcha if they get back to Elvis Andruws he does.

    And I wouldn't be surprised if A-Rod was held out due to his hip still not being 100% and them trying to rest him for the second half.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I'll betcha if they get back to Elvis Andruws he does.

    And I wouldn't be surprised if A-Rod was held out due to his hip still not being 100% and them trying to rest him for the second half.
    Odds are the game would have been over or at least tied by the time they got to Andrus.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Buddy I watched the game with is a huge Dodger fan. Also loves the NL. When he saw Broxton in the 9th, he got worried.

    Says he makes everything scarier than it ever needs to be.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    Buddy I watched the game with is a huge Dodger fan. Also loves the NL. When he saw Broxton in the 9th, he got worried.

    Says he makes everything scarier than it ever needs to be.
    That's what almost everyone says about their closer. They are hardly ever 1-2-3 ninth's and anytime a runner gets on in a save situation, it's suddenly 'closer than it needs to be' because the tying or go-ahead run is either on base, up to bat, or on deck. It's just more of a nervous time because it's at the end of the game.

    NL finally got one though!!



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    Odds are the game would have been over or at least tied by the time they got to Andrus.
    Or the bases are loaded and you've got 2 outs and you're still losing. I'd like the guy with 597 career jacks to come off the bench. By pinch running him, you effectively eliminate him as an offensive threat off the bench (not to mention your last player off the bench).
    Quote Originally Posted by CloneState1028 View Post
    That's what almost everyone says about their closer.
    I dunno. I'm pretty comfortable with Mo at the end of games.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    That is about the only play that could have happened that a faster runner would have been safe. Heck, give Byrd credit for not diving for it on the fly. He used his head knowing he had a slow runner on first, making diving for the ball more difficult of an out than letting it drop and throwing him out.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone1985 View Post
    That is about the only play that could have happened that a faster runner would have been safe. Heck, give Byrd credit for not diving for it on the fly. He used his head knowing he had a slow runner on first, making diving for the ball more difficult of an out than letting it drop and throwing him out.
    This is a great point. Byrd found another way to be a hero besides diving for that ball. His walk in the 7th was also a thing of beauty. It's tough to lay off 98 mph fast balls up in your eyes. For him to come back from 0-2 showed great discipline. McCann was the obvious choice for MVP, but Byrd played a big part in the NL winning that game.

    As for the Dodger fan being nervous about Broxton, as someone else said, I don't think anybody is ever 100% confident about their closer. Rivera (sp?) is the only one I can think of that has been close to automatic, except of course Gagne when he was juicing.



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    Re: The importance of the pinch-runner

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneState1028 View Post
    That's what almost everyone says about their closer. They are hardly ever 1-2-3 ninth's and anytime a runner gets on in a save situation, it's suddenly 'closer than it needs to be' because the tying or go-ahead run is either on base, up to bat, or on deck. It's just more of a nervous time because it's at the end of the game.
    I thought that was just Marmol.


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