Friday, July 31, 2015

Ryne Sandberg retools what a pitcher's 'job' is

- Cole Hamels made his debut, and everything was going fine. Which is to say that the Phillies were losing, but not by a lot. Then, at 86 pitches, six hits, and two earned runs, Ryne Sandberg pulled him for what was widely assumed to be a reason of some kind.

Ryne Sandberg retools what a pitcher's 'job' is

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"Whhhyyyyyy......" (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
"Whhhyyyyyy......" (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

- Cole Hamels made his debut, and everything was going fine. Which is to say that the Phillies were losing, but not by a lot. Then, at 86 pitches, six hits, and two earned runs, Ryne Sandberg pulled him for what was widely assumed to be a reason of some kind.

Has Sandberg lowered the bar for a job as a Phillies pitcher to require only six innings? Why, when he has three veterans willing to go the distance? And why, when his bullpen gives up runs like it's their job; their job being the opposite?

Yeah.

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