Falconsfan567 Posted October 10, 2019 Author Share Posted October 10, 2019 1 hour ago, jidady said: It's precisely this line of thinking that just set us. Our only great pitcher only had one start in this series. We did that to get Folty, our power arm, two starts. There's this strange thing in baseball where people remember when power arms do better, like Folty's performance in game two, than when non-power pitchers do. St. Louis just beat us by starting Hudson, Flaherty, and the desiccated corpse of Adam Wainwright. Flaherty's velocity is fine, but nobody would ever describe it as elite. Hudson famously lost three miles per hour off his fastball this year, which has had Cards fans freaked out. It's not about power arms. Winning in the playoffs is about power minds. The other thing in a five-game series is not starting guys on short rest. I admire when Verlander and Keuchel want the ball, but it seems to blow up more often than it works. From the All-Star break on, I expected us to go Soroka, Keuchel, scrub combo, Soroka, Keuchel. Instead, we somehow wound up underutilizing our only truly dominant starter while doubling down on our head case of a power arm. It's going to leave a bad taste in my mouth all offseason. Soroka pitches twice. It's just common sense. Snit and/or AA overthought it due to this obsession with power arms in the playoffs. And there's a touch of Rick Ankiel in there, too. I don't think that's the reason Folty got two starts. I believe that under normal circumstances we would have rolled with Soroka as the game 1 guy allowing him to pitch twice in the series, but I fully believe AA forced Snitker to roll with Keuchel as the #1 in the playoffs based on the whole "well I went out and brought him here midseason for this exact purpose." I don't think folks are fully aware of the amount of impact and say AA has over the 25-man roster and the way guys are utilized. I've never heard Snitker or AA talk about power arms or finesse guys or anything like that to make me think that they were obsessed over power arms and that is why Folty got 2 starts in the series. I think Folty got 2 starts because, well he was outstanding in game 2 and they were fully convinced he could do that again, even though you, me, and all of Braves nation knew the chances of getting that kind of outing from Folty again were slim to none. That being said, I don't think Folty actually pitched all that badly, not as bad as to be charged with 7 runs. The first pitch of the game to Fowler was a boarderline pitch called a ball. Could have easily been called a strike. Made even worse by the call on Ozzie in the bottom of the 1st when the pitch was clearly 4-5 inches outside and called a strike. Then there was the foul tip that McCann couldn't hang onto. Folty basically had Fowler struck out twice. Instead it ends up as a walk. Then Goldy reached on a weakly hit ball for an infield single. Then the ball Molina hit to Freddie, well it appeared that Freddie missed it because Ozuna screened him. At the very worse Folty could have gotten out of that inning with just 1 run scoring and the game has a dramatically different tone. You can realistically argue that it should have been no runs scored against Folty. One thing that does irritate the crap outta me about Snitker and AA is this whole "veteran presence" deal. They buy into that crap way too much. I believe that's the other main reason Keuchel was made the #1 and Folty was made #2 in the playoffs. If they were obsessed with power arms they would have made Folty the #1 and Fried the #2 since Folty and Fried are the two hardest throwers the Braves had in the rotation. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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