Memo to Terry Francona: This Is No Time for Experiments

Posted: 22nd September 2009 by Amanda Bruno in MLB
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Monday night was a perfect example of "shoulda, coulda, woulda" for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox had a commanding lead, blew it, couldn't rally, blew it some more, and eventually lost to the Kansas City Royals. The New York Yankees bowed to the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics, which means the Sox could have gained a game in the American League East and also lowered their magic number to clinch the wild card to six. But that didn't happen. Terry Francona opted to go to the struggling Manny Delcarmen to relieve starter Tim Wakefield, and everything fell apart.  Why does Francona do this? He did it with John Smoltz. It took eight starts and five losses later for him to realize that this wasn't going to work out. He also did it with Brad Penny. But P ...

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