Can anyone tell me why in the world Ramon Hernandez would call for a third straight slider down and in on a batter trying to pull the ball for a home run the day after George Sherrill missed on a two-out two strike slider down and in the day before?
To me, this call goes down as one of the most utterly idiotic pitch selections and locations I’ve ever seen a major league catcher call. As soon as I saw him go down and in I was like, "No way!"
Sherrill had the previous two guys swinging through high fastballs and Olivio is a pull hitter who was trying to pull a home run. A good Little League catcher knows to call the fastball away after the first two pitches.
Yes, George Sherrill shares the blame for not shaking off a ridiculous pitch selection and for throwing a bad pitch, but Hernandez should have never, ever had called this pitch and especially not in that location.
I guess I’ll have to drive down to
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