Author Topic: NL East (2017)  (Read 40174 times)

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Offline Dschmiel

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Re: NL East (2017)
« Reply #75: April 28, 2017, 10:55:23 AM »
Pretty sure they faced adversity down 3 games to 1.

The Cubs last year and the Nats of seasons past are so far apart, mainly because of the manager. When the chips were down, Maddon got the big hits and made the right bullpen decisions. I think the big hits will come, but I think Dusty has no idea how to manage pitching in the playoffs. That's why I've been practically screaming to sell/spend whatever it takes to get an elite pen. If you make these decisions stupid simple for Dusty, he will coast all the way to the WS. But, at this point, in order to accomplish that, the Learners have to be willing to spend at the luxury tax level, or punt anything after 2019.

That's selective memory on Maddon's bullpen decision-making.  He overused Aroldis Chapman in the whole series and nearly got burned for it.  He put Chapman into Game 6 with a seven run lead and taxed him, leaving him tired for Game 7 and he gave up the tying homer to Rajai freakin' Davis.  Dusty may not be Joe Maddon but he is certainly not Matt Williams either.