Prince Fielder was thrown out at the plate in the second inning last night when third base coach Gene Lamont decided to wave the 300-pound slugger home from first base on a Delmon Young double.
After the game manager Jim Leyland called Lamont’s decision “a little overaggressive” while noting that it was still a bang-bang play.
Lamont also admitted: “If I had to do it over, I would have held him.”
Instead of potentially breaking through for a big inning with no outs and runners on second and third base the Tigers ended up failing to score and were shut out by the Giants while managing just two hits.
In retrospect the fact that Detroit was shut out might suggest Lamont made the right call to be very aggressive early in the game, but with Fielder as the runner and zero outs in the inning it was a very iffy decision.
The Cubs soundly defeated the Cardinals on Monday night, 10-2, sending their magic number down to one. They will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday with another win against the Cardinals. Alternatively, if they lose, they can still clinch if the Brewers also lose on Tuesday.
The Cubs, of course, won the Central last year en route to winning their first World Series since 1908. It wasn’t nearly as easy this year as the club was below .500 entering June and was exactly at .500 entering July. A 16-8 July, 17-12 August, and 15-8 September have helped put the Cubs back in position to return to the postseason.
Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday’s loss. Now they have their sights set on the second NL Wild Card slot and currently trail the Rockies in that race.
The matchups for Tuesday’s action:
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.
Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.
The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.