Imagine, if you will, a team. This team has their best pitcher on the mound on their opening day, dominating through six innings. He is nowhere near a pitch count where you’d consider taking him out, yet when the commercials end and the game returns, you see said pitcher taking congratulations in the dugout on a job well done while noticing the slightly perplexed look on his face as to why he is not going to at least begin another inning.
Then you watch his team disintegrate before your very eyes and the team lose the game.
This is the reason why the Phillies fans turned so quickly on Gabe Kapler when he bungled away this same situation that faced Luis Rojas last night in Philadelphia when he decided that stretching Jacob deGrom’s pitch count into the scary neighborhood of the eighties was a bridge too far. It’s why Rojas will get killed by fans and press alike today, deservedly so, and why Rojas is probably not long for the job in New York.
On to the links.
- The real heroes of the game last night were the bullpen, keeping the game within reach for the offense to do what they needed to do.
- Hector Neris, closer, does not want the Covid-19 vaccine. That could present an issue for the team if they want to loosen up protocols.
- Still don’t understand why they pulled deGrom, but it was nice to see that the Phillies were able to come back in the game, something they struggled to do last year.
- Yeah, Rojas really struggled last night.
- Fernando Tatis, Jr. had to leave the game last night with an elbow injury that looked pretty bad on replay.
- Colorado is getting the All-Star Game this year, setting up a home run derby for the ages. Just bring the rabbit ball back for that night please.
- Texas governor poops pants and pouts in corner over MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game.
- Let’s get some power rankings based on the first weekend of games, baby!