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Before I can try to calm your outrage, the following is still in play for all the games left that Fister doesn't pitch in. Which is probably just one. He's the only one who doesn't have a fastball to blow by Red Sox hitters. Red Sox weakness coming into the series? Fastballs, up.
First the A's. Now the Red Sox, walk, steal, pressure pitchers into mistake pitches, score. Not happening w/ these umps & strike throwers.— Eric Chase (@Eric_Chase) October 14, 2013
As for the 8th inning, did Leyland overmanage a 5-1 lead? Not that the Tigers have an at times unhittable bullpen, like Boston can run out with Tazawa, Breslow and Uehara, so my preference for Leyland would be to micromanage every at bat in what's a reasonably close ball game, especially in that park.
In a 5-1 game, is it possible Leyland sticks with Veras, it eventually becomes 5-3, and then 6-5 Red Sox occurs anyway? Yep.
My gripe is that Benoit came in and threw an 86 mph meatball of a change up that missed Avila's glove - which was low and away - by at least half a foot, and it turned into a salami. He missed in the worst place possible, with that particular pitch. Risk the wild pitch past Avila, but don't leave that pitch there. Benoit has wrestled away the 'Worst Pitch Of The Year' Award from Dan Straily's BP pitch to Peralta in Game 4 of the LDS.