Thoughts From Todays GamePosted: April 22, 2012
In the second inning of todays game, the Diamondback’s had men on second and third with two outs and eight hitter John McDonald at the plate. The Braves decided to intentionally walk McDonald after getting down in the count 2-0. This loaded the bases for the pitcher Ian Kennedy. This is the classic “IBB to face the pitcher” which is an almost guaranteed out. However, McDonald who was hitting .167 coming into the game (.250 wOBA in 2011), should not have been pitched around.
While hindsight is 20/20, it was the wrong move at the time. There is really no reason to walk the 8th place guy to get the pitcher when he has a minimal chance of doing better than what the pitcher would do. Delgado wound up walking Kennedy on four straight pitches. It is completely inexcusable for Delgado to walk the pitcher with the bases loaded, let alone of four pitches. Delgado takes a lot of the blame here, but there is no reason as a manager why you should think he is incapable of getting an 8th place hitter like John McDonald out.
To make things worse, Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam on the following pitch to make it a 5-1 game. But again, it is totally inexcusable the Delgado can not throw a single strike to the eight and ninth hitters. I will soon give my thoughts on the Jurrjens v. Delgado debate for when Hudson returns next week.