Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 11/14/14
In Toronto John Farrell's tactical acumen failed to live up to his reputation for intelligence and preparedness he had earned in Boston and Cleveland. Last night Red Sox fans got their first view of Farrell's poor game management. Luckily for all involved it did not cost the Red Sox the game. The first questionable decision was the caught stealing/failed hit and run with Daniel Nava on first and Will Middlebrooks at the plate. While kinda dumb, this decision at least might have some rationale behind it. Jerry Remy suspected that the play was a busted hit and run. Despite Farrell's affinity for an "up tempo" offense, it's doubtful he would send Nava on a straight steal. I suspect he put on the hit and run on in an effort to help Middlebrooks out of his recent slump. Managers will on occasion put on the play to get a struggling hitter to just try to make contact and hit the ball to the opposite field. Terry Fancona used to do this all the time with Jason Varitek. Up four, with an ...
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