White Sox manager Tony La Russa made a stunning blunder against the Dodgers by deliberately leading Trea Turner to 1-2.
Tony La Russa has forgotten more about baseball than most MLB fans know. Unfortunately, he also forgot some pretty sensible strategies.
White socks Fans were given another reason to lament their manager’s decision-making against the Dodgers on Thursday, when he made the mind-bending decision to intentionally lead Trea Turner 2-1.
La Russa paid for it immediately. Max Muncy hit a three-run homer to extend the Dodgers’ lead and make the White Sox manager look like an absolute fool.
White Sox fans should be furious at Tony La Russa for the last stupid move
Muncy even let him know.
The problem with La Russa’s decision was how ridiculous it was on every level.
Intentional walks are part of the game. Sometimes they come back to bite you, but there is a time and place for them. It wasn’t.
First, Turner was just one punch away from doom. Sure, he’d hit a single in the fifth to go for a run, but it wasn’t like he was on a hot streak. He landed in his first two bats.
Meanwhile, Muncy doubled on his final at-bat to score twice in the same inning. The lefty-on-lefty matchup made sense, except when Turner had two strikes and Muncy was just as dangerous.
Statisticians like Joe Sheehan trying to figure out if anyone had ever intentionally walked a batter with an unlucky 1-2 count. So that was maybe the first time it happened. That was a brave decision.
It was definitely costly as the White Sox lost by two runs.
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