Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why the hell did Lance try to steal third base?

So Lance was caught trying to steal third in the 6th inning. As I wasn't able to see the game, I naturally assumed that Lee was supposed to be the one doing the hitting in a hit-and-run, and of course Lee missed the ball by a mile, likely by swinging at the pitch outside the zone.

But that isn't what happened at all! No, Lance was trying to steal third. Two games after coming back from a knee injury. Down a run. With the cleanup "hitter" at bat.

What happened, Lance:

"I was thinking nobody in the stadium expects me to try to steal third right here. It was the sixth inning, and I thought the worst-case scenario would be that we would end up with Carlos [Lee] on second base and two outs in the sixth against a tough pitcher where a hit still ties the game. If I made it then we had a chance to score an easy run off a guy that was giving us some fits. The thinking was sound, the mind was willing but the body was weak. If I had to do it all over again clearly I would not have attempted it. Clearly I did not notice my leg was as weak as it is. I'm glad we won the game because you guys would have made a bigger deal out of it."

It actually wasn't a terrible idea - which we can say after a W - it would be questionable if Lance would be able to score from second on that shaky knee, unless the ball was smoked.

2 comments:

Ryan Sides said...

My first thought was that it was at least the right time to do it -- getting to third with one out DRASTICALLY increases the probability of scoring. Of course, my second thought was that maybe with a bum knee he should have just stayed put...

mchicks said...

A few things here--

First off, Pence was up to bat (our 5 hitter) and probably the weakest hitter on the Astros right now. He has been completely over-matched at the plate and it looks like they have finally figured him out. He has terrible mechanics and looks like he is falling out of a tree when he swings. I like the aggressive play. The only chance we had at scoring there was to be aggressive and try to steal third.