Down 2 in the top of the 9th and the leadoff hitter gets on. Jason Botts, who has 4 total hits for the season and who Rudy says will never be able to hit major league fastballs, is due up. Milton Bradley, who is hitting .352 and has been your best hitter so far, is on the bench. An obvious pinch hit situation, right? Well, apparently not. Botts promptly hits into what should have been a double play if not for a wide throw by the 2nd baseman.
I then thought that maybe Bradley may have been unavailable due to his surgically repaired knee. But after Murphy hit a pop-up to left, and the Rangers down to their last out, here comes Bradley in for Laird.
I just dont get it. Why now? If anything, wouldnt you want Laird to face Papelbon more than Botts? Will someone please explain this to me?