I’m not much of an NL watcher. And interesting situation came up in the Baltimore-Atlanta game last Saturday that led me to a question. . .
Do NL managers ever send their pitchers to the plate and tell them not to swing to avoid the potential double play ball?
Here’s the situation in the Baltimore game.
Baltimore is down 4-1, going into the 9th. Mazzilli has pulled the double swtich in the 8th, bringing in Newhan for the pitcher (Julio) and BJ Ryan (their best closer) for Bigbie who bats 5th, and was the second to last batter in the top of the 8th.
So, top 9, Baltimore has tied the game at 4. The Braves have just walked Sosa to load the bases and BJ Ryan is due up with 1 out, Chris Gomez on deck. Andruw Jones is leading off the bottom of the 9th.
The color guy says “I think you let BJ Ryan hit.”
Anyway, Geronimo Gil pinch hits for Ryan, GIDP. Bottom 9, Todd Williams gives up a homer to Andruw Jones.
Right decision to pull Ryan? Could you have sent him to the plate and told him to keep it on his shoulder?