I am over the moon happy with Baldelli and I am over the moon happy with Falvey and Lavine BUT...
IF ...after two games of do or die playoff baseball. No matter if those games produced wins or losses.
IF... you have stats that look like this.
Stashak 2 Games 1.2 innings
Romo 1 game 0.2 innings
May 1 Game 0.1 innings
Rogers 0 games 0 innings
You have a first time manager and a fairly young front office making a significant mistake.
The Twins are the only team in the playoffs utilizing the back end of their bullpen before they utilize the front end of the bullpen.
I'm not saying the results would have been different but when they turned to Stashak with a one run deficit in game one, and did so with all of Romo, May and Rogers available or even letting Duffey throw another inning. They didn't take into account the stark difference between Game one of the ALDS and Game 95 of the regular season.
The only thing I can think of... is that they tried to keep the bullpen fresh in anticipation of game two with Dobnak starting. So they tried to wing and a prayer through game one. Which was still close! Just to focus on game two instead.
Just a constructive criticism. THROW YOUR BEST ARMS... RIGHT NOW... Don't save them for tomorrow. There may not be a tomorrow as you just learned. Would you rather throw Romo and May with a 1 run deficit or a 7 run deficit.
Your save them for tomorrow plan just plain disappeared on you. So you end up choosing Stashak in a one run deficit and Romo and May in a 7 run deficit.
Concur. I wish they would have set the tone better in game 1. That should have been mission critical to win. Stashak was a head scratcher in a 1 run game. Putting in a depleted Gibson waived the white flag.
You can't prepare for the next day in the playoffs because there may not be a next day!