- Sep 12, 2008
I didn't watch the game, but 98 pitches on a freezing cold night? No thanks. I'll take our chances with the (nowhere near worst in the league) bullpen and save our ace for the rest of the season. He leaves Hurter in there and he has dead arm next week and you're calling for CDH's head (I know, I know, most of us want him gone soon either way, but...).Hall should have let Hurter pitch the 8th. He was throwing a shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks. Tech has the worst bullpen in the league. Reliever immediately walked the bases loaded, and all eventually scored.
I didn't watch the game, but we only had two walks all game. I'm assuming the other was a HBP? Regardless, the guys at the end of our pen are struggling, but that's exactly who you go to when you're up 6-0. Chapman is somebody we're going to need and has been solid the past two seasons. You'd rather him work out his issues when we're up 6-0 than in a close game. Unfortunately it didn't work out and he's still struggling. Looks like Smith (who after his first appearance has only given up 1 run in 8 innings of work) came in and did his job and Bartnicki (who has been starting to get back in his groove) was able to close the door.
Tech doesn't have the best bullpen in the league, but we're NOWHERE near the worst. Watch ACCN or ACCN+ for a couple of hours this weekend if you don't believe me. The end of the pen is struggling for sure and that's weighing down the overall ERA, but I'd bet any team in the league would love to have Maxwell, Bartnicki, and Smith.