Jimy Williams would have one or two guys up at the start of the seventh. Some here remember Jimy's pitchng manuevers as I do -- he consistently got guys out of the game before it was a lost cause. It always seemed he had a knack for (at least) taking pitchers out, if not for bringing in the right guys.
But the unclear cost of that was a bullpen with a lot more innings pitched than the stats showed. Guys would warm up, but not come into the game. I can't remember what he did in blow-outs, but unless V wanted to see how a few guys looked on back-to-back days, Padilla, Albers and Morales were the right guys to get the call last night. Since Padilla may still be the "long" man, I think it would have been sensible to have him start warmng up in the seventh -- in case he was needed there, and then to come in during the eighth and/or ninth to finish the game. After what happened against the MFYs, I can't blame V for getting a second guy up, but using five relievers, including Aceves, seemed excessive.
I think BobbyV was not taking anything for granted after the Saturday massacre to the bullpen.
When Tazawa loaded the bases (and it was not his fault, as he had induced the necessary popup) He immediately went with Padilla. Why didn't Padilla start the next inning is a good question, I'll give you that. Atchison went single, single, walk, K (to Coco Crisp) so he was useless that inning, he then had to go to Morales in another save situation to face the lefty and he got the DP (well it was more Pedey), and finally used Aceves.
So overall, the questions are: Why not have Padilla start the 7th? Why use Aceves?
Padilla I have no idea. Aceves had warmed up already and since he had to go to Morales to finish the 8th, he put him in.
Overall it was well managed IMO. We have to consider that despite the score, this was a game where the tying run got to the on deck circle several times so it had to be managed like this and like the usual blowout.
Edited by trekfan55, 01 May 2012 - 02:14 PM.