Yea, I tend to agree... Even with the close score, the Division led is secure enough... and he has to kick his funk. He does seem to have the talent if his earlier season groove is any indication.
I just hate to see this team lose even one game.
Unfortunately the options out of the bullpen are thinner than I'd like for 6th and 7th inning. Do you want to see Lidge out there? His control has been really poor since he came back. Do you want to see if Stutes can turn it around? When does Herndon start getting used again, he was actually half-decent lately.
Stutes and Madson need to pitch better this month, if they do then my concerns about the pen will go away. I dont want Lidge and Herndon going into a meaningful game unless they have to. I want Worley coming out of the pen along with Schwimer (if he pitches well).
Howard was on 1st with one out, Pence doubled and a fan reached over and interfered. they called it a double on the field but used instant replay (there is only instant replay on hr though) in which they determined it an out.
To clarify Bazinga's post, the fan interfered by stopping the RF from catching the ball by reaching into the field of play. It looks like he would've made the catch, but who really knows for sure, but it was ruled a double on the field. Then the umpiring crew went into review it and came out and called pence out and sent howard back to first. But the argument is since it wasn't a hr call to begin with how can they review it. And if they can review it, are they allowed to make the call of fan interference and an out, when there was no hr call and it clearly wasn't a hr.
Game being played under protest, which in the end probably won't mean anything. The game itself might end up being meaningless standings-wise, but even it it wasn't I'm sure Selig would find a way to weasel out of this situation by saying something like:
"Although there is no ruling for calling fan interference on instant replay, in the end the correct call was made, and it was made within the 'spirit of the rules. This goes to show that instant replay does work, yadda yadda yadda."
from Steve Berthiume, ESPN..
Former MLB ump Jim McKean tells me: on that play, umps CAN use replay to determine if ball was a home run. ...once umps see play, they CAN use judgement call to determine fan interference, which is then NOT subject to protest. Talked to former MLB Umpire Jim McKean. He says, umps can review any play between lines they think may have been a HR.