If the trade of nice guy A.J. Ellis meant anything, and it did, you would think that trading away the one guy that that had the most knowledge of the pitching staff would probably be a bad idea. I’m not blaming Saturday’s 6-4 loss on the trade but did Carlos Ruiz have to be catching Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning? The two probably got crossed up because they had never pitched to each other before causing the tying run to score on a wild pitch. That comes as no surprise. Don’t put your backup catcher that you just traded for in such a high leverage situation.
Did Ruiz have to play last night? Did he HAVE to catch Kenley in the ninth? Do they have to constantly play percentages with all-righty lineups and lose? They didn’t have to play Ruiz. Smarter minds should have prevailed and said “You know what let’s not throw Ruiz out there to catch our closer in the ninth inning of a crucial game in the pennant race, because he just flew into town and he’s never caught Kenley before and probably isn’t even up to date with our signs”.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Chicago-
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Once again the Dodgers chose to do it. Of course the loss is on Kenley and the rest of the bullpen for not doing their jobs. I’m not saying it isn’t. Kenley and Company blew it and there is no question of that. However the Dodgers made it harder to win by not putting themselves in the best position to win. They didn’t have their regular catcher in. They lost with their worst, instead of losing with their best. They chose to play percentage baseball. They’ve done this over and over and over and over this season, and it’s a big reason why they are not 6 games up on the Giants right now.
These are the types of decisions made by non-baseball people. It strikes me as odd that old school baseball guys like Dave Roberts and Bob Geren would make decisions like this. This leads me to believe that the front office is heavily influencing game strategies. Or they are all just really foolish.
Just stop playing Kike Hernandez and Charlie Culberson against left handers. Stop playing the percentages. Stop losing with your backups. Always lose with your best, never with your 36-year old backup catcher that you just acquired the day before.
Hammel vs. Dodgers
“The first one was a tough block for anyone and it got him to third base and the other one was a misfire with the cutter,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Obviously, with the lack of familiarity, Kenley is tough to catch. It happens. It was a tough loss. It’s a game we wanted to win.”
Or you could have not used your 36-year old backup catcher in that situation Dave and oh I don’t know maybe played your regular catcher?
The Dodgers will try and not get swept as Julio Urias (4-2 3.95) will take the mound for the Dodgers. The Cubs will counter with Jason Hammel (13-6 3.07).
PLAY THE DAMN REGULARS!