Vis-a-vis the Giants-Cubs game of 10/1//16, let me repeat the rules from the Giants-Mets game of last week, when the shoe was on the other foot.
First, the new scenario: Giants lead 5-2 going to the ninth at home, trying to stave off elimination. Manager Bruce Bochte (one of the game’s best) takes out pitcher Matt Moore, who has pitched eight innings of two-hit ball with ten strikeouts (and clearly gotten stronger as the game has gone on).
The result, one inning and five pitchers later?
Book the Cubs for the NLCS.
Now for the new rules, same as the old rules:
- Never take a hot pitcher out if you’re tied or ahead (no, not even to pinch hit for him). This goes double for a post season game.
- If the other dugout wants you to take your guy out….you shouldn’t.
Yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.
And now, for a little ditty: