We’re having a friendly disagreement in the press box tonight. Friendly, I reiterate — we enjoy talking ball up here, and, well, sometimes some trash is talked, but it’s all in good fun, I assure you all.
Anyway, here was the crux of it:
One Post-Dispatch writer — whom I shall not name here because I believe he expects to write on the topic for tomorrow and I don’t want to TOTALLY steal his thunder — felt that Phil Garner made absolutely the right move by walking Albert Pujols intentionally in the fifth inning. Personally, I believe it was the wrong move.
The Cards had a runner on second with two outs and Pujols at the plate. Scott Rolen was on deck. Rolen, as of that exact moment, was 7-for-20 against Andy Pettitte in his career, with two home runs and two doubles. More to the point, he had already homered and doubled in this game. Pujols, as of that exact moment, was 2-for-17 against Pettitte, without so much as an extra-base hit or a walk. Counting postseason games, it was still 7-for-20 for Rolen, but 3-for-22 (.136) for Pujols.
Of course, Pujols is Albert Pujols. But Rolen isn’t exactly Craig Paquette. Pujols is hitting .535 with runners in scoring position.
If it’s me, I pitch to Pujols. Garner walked him, and obviously it worked.
What would you have done?