Joe Torre Finally Presses the Right Buttons

As Jonathan Broxton closed out a scoreless 8th inning, I looked ahead to the 9th and wondered what the plan would be:

Pick from 3 terrible options: Broxton trying for a 2-inning save, Kuo on back-to-back nights, or Dotel in the 9th.

As it turns out, it wasn’t quite any of those. With Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Casey McGehee entering, Torre decided to go with a three-headed closer monster. Ronald Belisario, despite getting five out last night and supposedly being unavailable today, came in to retire Braun. George Sherrill (don’t complain about seeing him in the 9th, I’ve pointed out how tough he is on lefties dozens of times) took Fielder to a full count, but set him down. Finally, Octavio Dotel – who’s basically the reverse Sherrill – got McGehee to fly out to center to end the game.

Taking three flawed players, and maximizing the opportunity to play to their strengths? Boy, it’s almost like that’s how it’s supposed to work.

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Manny Ramirez got on base all four times, including two doubles. Gee, you think calling him dead after just two games, coming off a two-month hiatus, was a bit premature? If anything, it was about time someone supported Hiroki Kuroda, who has suffered through some criminally unfair losses this year.

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