Long Distance Runaround
That disastrous series against the Cardinals last weekend seems like an eternity ago. Playing the Cubs tends to make everything better.
While people are complaining about Chapman not entering yesterday’s 14-inning game, I’d prefer to talk about what Sam LeCure did. Or more specifically, what Sam LeCure didn’t do.
In his last 4 appearances, LeCure has thrown 3 innings, and given up 9 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks and a homer. And in those 3 innings he’s faced 18 batters. In case you’re wondering, that’s not good. Especially when it comes in the form of blown saves or giving up late-inning leads, which is what he’s been doing of late.
With Sean Marshall hurt, there’s a certain amount of improvisation that needs to be done with the bullpen. Jonathan Broxton was apparently too sore to pitch yesterday, but Dusty somehow convinced him to enter the game. We all know how that went. The truth is, Broxton has been shaky most of the season, so putting him in after the plan was to keep him out of the game — well, that’s got trouble written all over.
We can argue all day about why Chapman wasn’t brought into the game, but stopping the Cubs from scoring runs wasn’t the problem (at the time), it was the lack of Reds’ hits late in the game. Last time I checked, Chapman can’t hit.