Originally Posted by TaylorStSox
Thornton's never had a good offspeed pitch. He used to dominate with an explosive fastball. It used to pop out of his hand in such a strange way. It's almost like watching Soriano hit. He's a small guy, but the ball just explodes off his bat. Both those guys are probably gone. That doesn't mean he's not tough. It doesn't mean he doesn't have the "make up." His arm's falling off. It's what happens to pitchers.
Robin has the same mentality w relievers that Ozzie had--always lefties against lefties if you have one available. Crain only threw 12 pitches in the 8th and he over powered them. Why not let him come back in the 8th. It wasn't Ortiz coming up but rather their 9th and leadoff hitters. I think the more relievers you throw out there, the better chance you bring in one who doesn't have it that night. But hey, Lindstrom bailed them out.