The Diamondbacks coaching staff had a clear message for the Mets broadcast team Wednesday: Don’t question us.
In Monday’s game between the Mets and Arizona, the Dbacks led 4-3 and let the speedy Tim Locastro, who was the potential winning run at first base, slide easily to second without even holding him.
Gary Cohen, head of SNY play-by-play, couldn’t believe what he saw, calling the decision “stupid.”
This is the winning race. You’re joking I hope?” Cohen said. “What are they thinking? How do you allow the winning run to steal second base? That’s as stupid a management decision as I’ve seen throughout the year. Unreal.”
Keith Hernandez said: “Oh, wow. Oh my. Oh my God. Oh wow.”
That decision did not come back to haunt the Diamondbacks, who won the game 4-3.
And speaking to reporters Wednesday, pitching coach Matt Strom had a few words for the Mets broadcast duo.
“I think (manager) Torey (Lovullo) made a very, very good choice in playing behind Locastro, despite what the very smart group of Cohen and Hernandez had to say, because I think they are idiots for this that they said,” Strom said. , according to The Arizona Republic.
Strom and the Diamondbacks defended their decision to allow Locastro to finish second, even though he could have scored the winning run from his scoring position for two reasons: Locastro is fast and could easily move to second, and Nimmo has the propensity to hitting ground balls. towards the right side.
If the Dbacks had held Locastro first, the team argued that Nimmo could have tied the game with a single into the right side hole.
But by playing off base and holding no runners, they removed the gap between first and second.
“What if we held him out and (Nimmo) hit a 22-hopper, a left-handed hitter with a right-handed pitcher, what if the left-handed hitter hit a 22-hopper to right field?” asked Strom. “Now we have the first and the third again. It was just worth rolling the dice with.
No such decision came into play Wednesday night as the Mets won 7-1 over Arizona.
New York Post