Baseball Crank
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April 09, 2004
BASEBALL: Counting the Chickens

Great Met game tonight in San Juan, featuring great pitching by Tyler Yates (making his major league debut) and former future closer Orber Moreno, some fine hitting by Cliff Floyd, and a game-winning hit in the 11th by prodigal sub Todd Zeile. But I have to think that Art Howe was kicking himself for pulling Floyd, Mike Piazza and Jason Phillips - the core of his lineup - while clinging to a 2-run lead in the bottom of the 8th, only to wind up in extra innings. I know that removing Piazza and Floyd shores up the defense and Phillips went out in a double switch, but collectively that's just too high an offensive price to pay when the other team is two swings of the bat from sending you to extra innings.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:47 PM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
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When they pulled that double switch and went into extra innings, I thought Weathers was going to blow it.

Posted by: Thomas at April 9, 2004 11:55 PM

"Prodigal sub Todd Zeile"-cute.

BTW why IS Zeile back with the Mets, let alone still in baseball?

Posted by: John Salmon at April 10, 2004 01:39 AM
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