Until October, that’s it.
Then they are necessary. The difference between any night, absolutely and heartbreaking.
Fans of giants know all about this important distinction. Three World Series flags fly in the outfield as proof of Bruce Buchi’s line-up and bullying management.
The Giants’ showdown with the Dodgers in the NLDS is Gabe Kepler’s first playoff series as manager. Going into it, no one knew what to expect.
Let the Giants’ crucial 1-0 win in Game 3 in Los Angeles stand as proof of Kepler’s ability.
In a game where the margins could not be tight and the stakes could not be high, the second year manager of the giants pulled all the right strings.
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
From his first game decision to keep Ivan Longoria in lineup, on the condition that the experienced third baseman overcome the horrendous slump in which he has been stuck for weeks, until his bold but legitimate Belgian decisions. Kepler was an active part of the giant’s conquest.
And while I’m not bidding enough to think that every decision is just Kepler’s decision, make no mistake that any of those decisions have failed, the target will stick to Kepler’s forehead and no one else’s. ۔
This is a heavy burden for Kepler. But the guy who wears a shirt called “Deadlifts and Dangers” has more veins in his arms than anyone else on the team can handle. He proved it on Monday.
Not every decision Kepler made on Monday was perfect, but it was extraordinary all night.
Let’s start with pregame decisions:
The first was to keep Langoria in lineup. It was questionable; to say the least.
Longoria had 1 for their last 33 and 7 for 0 in the series. He wasn’t catching fastballs – even average – and was funny at breaking pitches.
Then, his first Sunday bat was a straight contest. Hi
But the giants walk alone? Of course it was Longoria, who was coming in his next bat.
0-2 to Max Scherzer, who was superb on Monday, Longoria finally caught a fastball – crushing the 96-mile-per-hour pitch that covered the entire plate in the other direction at 110 miles per hour. It eventually landed 407 feet below the house.
Good call, skip.
Of course, Langoria was in the game for other reasons – defensive reasons. The Giants picked with their best defensive line-up, highlighted by Steven Dogar at Centerfield.
The giants needed every part of this defense on Monday. Dogger caught Chris Taylor in the sixth inning on a warning track to return from extra bases and game tying RBI, and Brendon Crawford – who is always in the lineup – caught the season with two outs in the seventh. , Jumping straight into the sky to return the game-binding RBI’s Mookie Bates.
Dogger’s defense was once again needed in the final, when Gavin Lux pulled a camello dowel pitch that should have been out of the park, but it fell down due to crazy winds at Dodger Stadium. Dogger was able to recover – Kim Outfielders must have seen the ball fall in front of him.
Then came the pitching decisions.
They weren’t from the book – not at all. And while not every decision was perfect, they were quick and logical.
Kepler made the right call about when to start starter Alex Wood. San Francisco Lefty threw just 83 pitches, two hits and no runs, but Kepler picked him up in the fifth with two outs.
Wood was not happy – who would? – But it was the right call.
Tyler Rogers completed the innings by dismissing the batsmen and then thanks to a great catch by Dogar he worked at number six.
Rogers went seventh and struck out one before allowing two hits. Q. Jack McGee at the place where the giants needed to strike.
He picked up the strikeout. Crawford and his big vertical jump took care of Bates.
Then it was Camilo Doval’s time.
Kepler gave the 24-year-old a firefighter – who was in the minor league weeks ago – a crucial eighth inning against the Dodgers’ order meat and a ninth against some other All-Stars.
It all worked out. Iceman never bothered and the wind helped him out of No. 27.
There was no decision or fear from Kepler on Monday. He acted with urgency and conviction.
That’s how you manage in the playoffs.
“Think most of us know who wins the pitching and defending championships,” Buster Posey, who knows a few things about winning the title, said after the game.
Kepler may be the epitome of a modern day manager – where everything is about the long ball – but he prepared his team to win on Monday with pitching and defense.
He, like any player, is one win away from advancing to San Francisco in the NLDS.