Eat it or throw it?

Didn’t really have time to get into the debate on here after the game, but I spent a good portion of the game story last night getting into the question of whether Edgar Renteria should’ve tried for the out at second on that Mark Teahen ground ball or eaten it and let Francisco Cruceta take his chances with John Buck at the plate and the bases loaded.

Everyone who was asked about it (including Ross Gload, who was running to second on the play) last night seemed to say that you take a chance to try for the out, but of course, that’s in hindsight. On the other hand, Renteria and Jim Leyland point out, nobody’s asking about it if Renteria gets the ball there for the out — or even if he gets the ball close enough that Polanco can stop it without Esteban German scoring.

The question already seems to be floating in the comments from the last post, so I figured I’d break it out and give it a headline.

6 Comments

Throw it.

Throw it.
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If it’s me, I figure I can at least get it close enough to Polanco, who is as sure handed as they come. The fact that it dribbled away from him is just what happens when a team is going bad. You can’t play the game with that mindset, though. Edgar did a good job getting over there and made the right decision, IMO.
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Definitely throw it.
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–Rich

We’ve got one guy (Ordonez) in the starting lineup hiting .300.
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Thames has struck out only 4 times in 50 AB.
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Santiago has fanned once.
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Granderson has at least hit the ball his last couple of times up.
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I think Santiago should get some time as SS right now. Renteria is not a whole lot worse than other guys in the lineup but is struggling and yes, you could let him play out of it but the club also needs some energy. Santiago could provide some of that. Also gives you one less RHB
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What they are getting paid for their work:
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NO. NAME 2008 SALARY
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7 Ivan Rodriguez $12,379,883
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13 Vance Wilson $950,000
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24 Miguel Cabrera $11,300,000
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9 Carlos Guillen $12,000,000
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14 Placido Polanco $4,600,000
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8 Edgar Renteria $10,000,000
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39 Ramon Santiago $575,000
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28 Curtis Granderson $1,000,000
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15 Brandon Inge $6,200,000
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20 Matt Joyce N/A
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30 Magglio Ordonez $15,768,174
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25 Ryan Raburn $396,000
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3 Gary Sheffield 13,326,306
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33 Marcus Thames $1,275,000
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Hessman hit his 18th in the 1st. Still early—maybe he will finish the day with 20!?

Throw it.

Throw it. I give him credit for doing something. To be honest, my first gut feeling was why did he do that? But that’s only because it backfired, and I’m always looking for excuses. My first gut feeling was wrong. He did the best he could with it, period. Read Chris G’s comment on the last post. He stated it very well.

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