Originally Posted by palehozenychicty
How do you not go with Bartolo in this game? He's your best pitcher. Just like how the Bravos didn't use Kimbrel in an elimination game. Brutal. These are the playoffs! You play to win.
It is clear why certain teams don't fare well in the postseason (Braves, A's). The names change, but their style doesn't work.
They feast on weak divisions, and then they seem to lose that sense of urgency when the playoffs hit. You see it in the managerial decisions, the players' fundamental mistakes, etc.
Any playoffs without them is cool with me.
I liked the move to go with Gray. The main problem for the A's tonight was they scored zero runs. It turned out it didn't matter who the starting pitcher was.