I agree on sending a pinch hitter. You just need to make contact, but everyone was swinging for the fence.
Third base coaches are very conservative, I think. I remember when Joel Skinner held Kenny Lofton up at third when the Indians were in their ALCS elimination game (ugh).
Too bad it had to come down to Perez, but Bumgarner was crushing everybody.
Would have loved to see KC win on an in-the-park HR/error. Ah, well.
I thought so at first, but this morning I read an analysis that even if Gordon had sprinted the whole way (he didn't, he only turned on the gas when the ball got past the center fielder), it would have taken him 15 seconds to score. At the 12 second point of the play, the cutoff man was holding the ball and winding up to throw. Even if the throw would have been off line, 2 seconds is a lot of time in a baseball play. Gordon would have been out by 20 feet.
I agree, if Gordan went for it, the talk this morning would have been Gordan blew it, didn't give his team a chance to tie it up.
Good series, Royals. See everyone next year.
I've watched a lot of baseball over the years. Probably 90% Gordon is out if he goes. Just not worth the risk.
Gordon was rounding third when shortstop caught the ball...he had not turned around yet. Going full speed he's 1/3 there when the throw is released. Yes, he may be out by 20 feet if the throw is perfect. Bout 180 foot throw. I'm not sure who said he was already winding up according to the analysis, but if memory serves, this is not accurate...he was prepared to throw home after Gordon had been held up. I heard some analysis on MLB radio. It was a split on whether they should have sent him. I no longer believe I was right that it was greater than 50% chance he scores. Gordon was out of breath and slowing down, which I didn't take into consideration. But I still think that it was greater than the, generally speaking, 1/4 chance he scores on another play before another out occurs...less when you consider the matchup. There is no way he is out 90% of the time.
Whoever said it would have been bad to end the game by sending Gordon like that? If Gordon is thrown out, it could be one of the most epic ends to a world series...EVER. Ending it on a foul pop-up...you thought that was better huh?