08/18/2012 by anjru0805
Using an alternate lineup (Cozart 6, Heisey 8, Phillips 4, Bruce 9, Frazier 5, Paul 7, Cairo 3, Hanigan 2, Cueto 1), the Reds conquered the Cubs in game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
In the first, the Cubs scored two runs off of Cueto and not all looked well. The Reds responded in the second inning with two of their own, scored two more in the fourth and one in the eighth. Xavier Paul hit his first homer as a Red (scoring two) and Miguel hit his first homer this year in the fourth.
At 107 pitches, Cueto was taken out after the eighth inning with the Reds up 5-2 and Chapman came in. Some people (on Twitter) raised an eyebrow to this move stating that the night game might be a closer contest and one that Chapman would really be needed for.
This is not the way I think and thankfully, not the way Dusty thinks either. This way of thinking assumes way too much: anyone can close a game up 3 runs, the Reds will need Chapman tonight, and the Reds will win the game tonight. Why not just go for the team’s best bet, put the best reliever in and win this game?
They say hindsight is 20/20 but some people on Twitter must think foresight is 20/15.