Originally Posted by TomBradley72
Pretty much mirrored my feelings as well-
BUT- Sale was hitting mid-90's during Trout's AB, Alexei's error was the difference between getting out of the inning up 5-4 (assuming Trout still homers, with a base open you might pitch around Trout) v. down 6-5- and Petricka didn't do his job once he came in.
If Sale is throwing mid- 90's- it's a tough call on letting one of the best pitchers in MLB face one of the best hitters or going to the pen.
Leaving Petricka in to face Aybar vs. Downs didn't make any sense at all- LH's hit way better vs. Petricka and Aybar hits better from the LH side vs. RH-
(Viciedo now 0-9 in the series, .206 over the past 30 days, Flowers .197 over the past 30)
Maybe worse. Flowers strikes out more than anyone is baseball based on AB. Last I saw, he was close to 40% and no one else is over 35%. He is starting to make Dunn look really good in strikeouts.