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Rise and Phight: 9/26/2022

A day off to discuss

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

I have a quibble with Rob Thomson.

Yesterday, in the eighth inning of their game against the Braves, Thomson elected to intentionally walk Ronald Acuna with men on second and third and two outs. It didn’t matter when David Robertson spiked a curveball to the backstop, but the fact that they didn’t want to have Acuna beat them made a decision later on more curious.

In the eleventh inning, with a man on third and one out, Thomson elected to pitch to Acuna, who then singled on a rather poorly located fastball by Andrew Bellatti and gave Atlanta the lead. They would need the insurance run later scored, but the question should be asked:

Why did Thomson pitch to Acuna rather than let him trot to first base harmlessly and set up a potential double play?

Were they scared he might try to steal, where a single could knock in two? Were they simply willing to risk Bellatti being able to retire him, which he very nearly did? It’s strange that they were ok him being intentionally walked with the lead, but when they were tied, they were fine with him swinging the bat. It wasn’t the only reason they lost, but it didn’t help.

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