I’ve made no secret about my feelings for White Sox manager Tony La Russa, but I’m also sensible enough to know that when a team isn’t playing well, it’s more about the players than any coach or manager.
But then Thursday happened. That’s when La Russa decided to intentionally walk Trea Turner on a 1-2 count. The count had been 0-2 when Freddie Freeman stole second to open first, and La Russa thought that he’d rather have his lefty reliever Bennett Sousa face the struggling lefty Max Muncy than Turner, whom Sousa had already gotten to two strikes on.
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It was a decision that had no logical or statistical support. Even the idea of going lefty on lefty is meaningless when you consider Muncy hits lefties better than Trea Turner hits anybody with two strikes, and, oh yeah, lefties have fared better against Bennett Sousa than righties. As you’ve no doubt heard, Muncy hit a three-run homer, the White Sox lost by two runs (those three runs were significant!), and.
Now, I’m done. It’s one thing to watch a team underperform; it’s another to watch it underperform when you have no faith in the…