Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
Go find some opinions or numbers about Jonny Gomes' defensive abilities in the outfield.
Google his name and UZR.
Go to his page on Baseball-Reference, scroll down to the fielding graph and look for the italicized numbers.
As wobbly and unrefined as defensive metrics are, in comparison to the offensive ones you quibble with, it's fairly easy to decipher that Gomes is AT BEST a sub par defender.
I think Tom Brookens knew that. I think Miguel Cabrera knew that.
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I think they BOTH misread the ball Peralta hit out to left to Gomes. The play was in front of Cabrera and even though Brookens first had the arm swirling, he then later stopped it. If I'm going to take a risk, it's going to be in inning 1, but Cabrera - knowing his limp better than anyone else - should've put the brakes on at third to give Infante a two out opportunity with bases loaded. It appeared that Gomes was not playing very deep, giving himself a better shot to attack a grounder and make a plate to the plate. Which he did. For as cerebral at the plate as Cabrera is, he may have missed the shallow positioning of Gomes.
It's not a second guess. I hate that. It's cheap, and lazy. I do neither.
Both took blame. As they should've, from James Schmel at MLive.com...
"You want to be aggressive, he wanted to be aggressive, too," he said. "We want to score. He tried to stop me, but I ran right by him. It was a mistake I made."
"When it was hit, I was waving him, and then I realized he wasn't going to make it, and tried to hold him up," Brookens said. "In Miggy's mind, it was a little too late and he just kept it going."
"With (Cabrera) right now, it's pretty rough for him," he said. "It was just one of those unfortunate things. But in saying that, everybody just assumes the next guy is going to get a hit. That doesn't always hold true. But (Brookens) made a mistake."
While I believe I'm right that Cabrera should've parked it at third, Leyland is exactly right, there's no guarantee Infante will come through.
You can lament the opportunity all you want but there's simply no certainties. If you really need that run, then I suggest you find the reality where that run DID score. Enjoy your lesson once again in quantum mechanics.
Before I'm done censuring your anger, which is probably directly mostly at Brookens, where's the criticism for Sanchez, who was OK, but not sharp enough to win. Sanchez uncorked a 57 footer (that Benoit should've thrown to Ortiz on Sunday) to Stephen Drew which allowed Mike Napoli to score, in the third, for the Red Sox deciding run.
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It's convenient to blame Brookens and point to that lapse in discernment as costing the Tigers the game, but there was a total of 54 outs in 18 half innings of baseball that also helped write the tale, a losing one for Detroit, of Game 5 in the ALCS.
Off to Boston with Scherzer, and hopefully Verlander to set up a return to the World Series.