Sunday, August 27, 2006
Pinch-Hitting the Guy in the Fight....Brilliant!!
Fast forward to the next frame. Ervin Santana (pitching with a 5-4 lead) immediately surrendered a double to Bernie Williams. Due up next was catcher Sal Fasano, and this is where Joe Torre looked really smart. He inserted Posada as a pinch-hitter, knowing that the bean-happy Angels couldn't help throwing at him. Santana then threw behind Posada, advancing Williams to third. After the benches were warned, Posada hit a sac fly and tied the game 5-5.
The Angels, who are fighing to keep with the A's in the AL West could not afford to surrender the lead for the simple purpose of exacting revenge. And hence, Joe Torre wins the battle of wits, using Posada's argument as a way to get the lead in the game. I hate to say it, but that was probably the best managerial "play" I've seen in a long time. Fortunately for the Angels, they won the game anyway.
It's not a tough decision to put in Posada for Fasano late in a game when the yanks are down by a run with a man on second. Comparing Posada and Fasano as hitters is like comparing Mo Rivera to Billy Wagner, its a no brainer who you want in there.
so while i like the theory, I wouldnt give Torre credit for putting in Posada because he knew it would turn out like that.