- Jul 18, 2005
I agree with the last sentence completely. There *should* be some place. But, for the most part we (the collective "we") can really only the spot the times we *dont* think he did so. OTOH--the times he "chased wins" (for lack of a better term) look much more like "normal games" than the games where he focused on the bigger picture, so they dont get similarly assigned. IOW- "lack of chasing" is more readily obvious than "chasing."He's managing completely differently than he did in the regular season (and obviously you'd expect that). What puzzles me is that he pretty much did nothing for 3 months before the playoffs began.
I fully understand you can't run your players into the ground as if every game of the 162 was game 7. But there should be some place on that spectrum where he can be more aggressive in chasing wins.
Pete Abe hits this very subject in today's Glob. I think the fact that they just scraped in supports your "should chase more" point. But as this story suggests (vaguely, anyway) there were some times when they deviated from the "longer view" and *did* chase.
TBH--While I have no serious issues with Cora's regular season job, I think this story smells a bit too much of post-hoc-ism.