Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Saturday, July 09, 2011
Hey Bud Black... Harang was pitching well
When a guy is throwing a no hitter after 6 innings, I'd leave him in the game. Maybe it's just me.
When you have two dead from the neck up franchises playing each other in a "Let's stay out of the cellar" game, why not have the guy come out for the 7th?
When it is a 33 year old guy who could be throwing the game of his 10 year career... why not give him a chance?
Yes, I know he was hurt recently. I know it was hot. I know he was fresh off a rehab assignment.
But why have the "Could he have thrown a no hitter?" question linger over his career? Seriously how many more years does Aaron Harang have? 2? 3?
You can't push pitchers when they are in their early 20s and you can't push them in their early 30s I guess.
Let him throw until he lets up a hit. Wouldn't a no hitter from a likable veteran make a down San Diego year a little better? Especially seeing it would have been the first no hitter in Padres history.
I would have let him pitch the 7th. Not sure if this qualifies as babying pitchers, but I am going to link the video anyway!