Quick thoughts on the ninth
Just a couple quick thoughts on the ninth inning while Isringhausen is out/unavailable…
Ideally, I’d vote for a purely matchup/situational based approach. If you need a groundball against a RHH hitter in the seventh, use Looper then. If you happen to need a K against a RHH in the eighth, use Wainwright. And if that leaves you with Hancock in the ninth, or Flores, so be it. To me, that’s the ideal way. Use WW at the highest-leverage point, and just go with your best chances to get the outs.
Failing that, if they want a designated ninth-inning guy, I’d go with Looper. Not necessarily because he’s the best pitcher out there, but because Wainwright’s multi-inning availability is a huge asset. I love having a guy that you can bring in with one out in the seventh and get through the eighth. I know they used Looper for two innings last night, and he did well. Overall, though, it seems he’s best suited for shorter outings. So I’d go with WW the way he’s been used, and Looper as the main ninth-inning guy — unless it’s a lefty-heavy ninth.
What about y’all?
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