I’ve gotten tons of emails since the end of the game last night, the VAST majority of them (all but one, I think) complaining about the ninth inning.
I submit the following question for all of you…
Which was the bigger issue? Giving up two in the ninth? Or giving up four in the fifth after being staked to a six-run lead? I’m not saying the runs in the ninth weren’t a bad deal. Two mistake pitches, two runs, game over. I get it. But out of ALL the emails I got, where were the complaints about the fifth? About the leadoff walk, the error, the non-double play?
There’s been a lot of scapegoating this year. Some people are convinced that with a different closer, this team would be running away with the division. Some are convinced that everything would be different with a different manager. Some have said that if ownership just gave Walt some extra money to work with, this would be a 100-win team again.
The fact is, however, that TLR is very much right about one thing: it’s not one thing. They haven’t hit enough, they haven’t pitched enough in the rotation OR the bullpen.
Seriously, I’d like to hear your answers to the question above. More than 90 percent of the venting emails last night were about Isringhausen. Nobody specifically mentioned the fifth. Is that the consensus? That when the starter and the defense let a six-run lead evaporate, that it’s less of a problem than when the closer lets a one-run lead get away?