Pitching and leather
No need for the bullpen last night. Doc is certainly delivering as advertised.
Pitching and leather can win games. While Doc was dominant again, the Phillies defense certainly played a key role in the win. Shane, Chase, Castro and Ryan all sparkled. There were multiple Web Gems in that game.
Doc works fast, throws strikes and that helps the fielders behind him. They’re on their toes. When the game moves slowly and pitchers have trouble throwing strikes, fielders are on their heels.
Loved Charlie’s quote when asked about Doc and the bullpen: “There was nobody up. The relievers were all down there eating peanuts with the fans.”
Pitchers such as Doc are instrumental in preventing a long losing streak. Oh, there will be games in which he won’t win but over the long season, he’ll win more of his share and end losing streaks, such as the three-gamer last night.
Mickey Morandini is 44; Terry Francona, 51.
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