Monday, April 27, 2009
Left Handed Relief Pitchers
In Monday night's game, Rays manager Joe Maddon elected not to bring in a left-handed pitcher to face Twins first-baseman Justin Morneau with a few runners on base. Remarkably, the earth did not spin off its axis. Instead, Morneau flew out to center field. It's amazing what happens when you just leave a guy in the game when he's throwing the ball well. Gardy's usually pretty good about this, too. I just can't stand the conventional wisdom that you have to bring in a southpaw. Of course, if Sunday afternoon was any indication, sometimes anybody throwing with his left hand can get tough left-handed hitters out.