Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Maddon Strikes again...

I'm in the middle of watching the Rays v. Angels game 3, its tied 1-1, and Kaz is pitching a gem.
Here we are in the bottom of the 6th the Angels have runners on first and third with 2 outs.

Easy situation, force out at 1st or 2nd and the inning's over, but nooooo, Joe Freakin' Maddon decides that this is the time for an intentional walk to Guerrero (with 1st base occupied!). Ridiculous!

I understand that Guerrero is a great hitter, but this isn't the situation for an intentional walk. Rule 1 (maybe not rule 1 but one of the top 10) in the "When to Intentionally Walk Someone" handbook is:

1. only walk a batter intentionally if first base is open.

Furthermore, Kaz is pitching very well and throwing very accurately, oh, and did I mention that the nearly-equally dangerous Torii Hunter will be following Vlad.... Oi!

Yes, Kaz got the K against Hunter to end the inning, but I still view this call by Maddon as a mis-step to say the least.

It's Maddon-ing!

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