Yoda wrote: quitesanemax wrote:
rib217 wrote:I couldnt be happier with Paplebon blowing that game!
Paps didn't blow the game. Last I checked, the American League won. And you really can't even blame Paps. It wasn't even an earned run.
Yep he had nothing to do with giving up the single to Tejada. Or failing to hold a 34 yo base runner. Or giving up a long sac fly. He had nothing to do with blowing the lead. It was all Navarro or someone else's fault or just bad luck.
It was an unearned run. Singles happen to the best of pitchers. Paps concentrates on getting the batter out. He doesn't worry about the man on 1st in a situation like that, cause he has a catcher who doesn't tend to throw the ball away. Most decent player can force a sac fly ball. And this was the All Star game, so it goes without say that all he was facing was decent players. One thing I will say is that I'm not sure why Tito didn't work it out so that Tek was catching when Paps was in there. Paps was the only Red Sox pitcher playing last night... its what hes used to. That would have been smarter managing.
Bottom line is if Navarro doesn't make a bad throw, that sac fly ball probably ends up meaning nothing. I was glad to see Navarro make up for it in the 9th with that double play.
That being said, Paps hasn't been as lights out lately as he has been known to be. As a Red Sox fan, I can't help but notice that. Hes been in a slump. Used to be that if the Sox went into the 9th with a lead, as far as I was concerned, the game was over. Latelly he has been making the 9th interesting. It might have to do with the way the whole Sox bullpen has been doing lately. They've been struggling, especially on the road, and maybe its been rubbing off on him a bit.