Tony La Russa has deliberately defended his strange decision to walk against the White Sox after losing to the Dodgers.

White Sox coach Tony La Russa, who was unknown during his year as Chicago coach, made an unusual and costly tactical mistake in losing his 11-9 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in the sixth inning (box). score).

The Dodgers, with a 7-5 lead, had a run at first base and two inning outings when Trea Turner hit the White Sox left-hander Bennett Sousa. Sousa made it 0-2 against Turner, allowing the runner to advance before clearing a wild pitch. Instead of continuing against Turner with a 1-2 result in his favor, La Russa asked him to walk deliberately – the first of the season with a two-stroke count – Max Muncy, who he was. returning from an elbow injury.

It turned out to be a bad decision in the short run, as Muncy unloaded a three-run home run on the fifth pitch, extending the Dodgers lead to 10-5:

A sensible person would ask, what the hell was La Russa thinking? Here is our best attempt to explain his thought process. Summarizes La Russa 1) Overestimating Turner’s chances of getting a hit and another run (we can say for sure that La Russa wasn’t worried about Turner taking a walk since he gave up one); and 2) greatly underestimating the chances of extending Muncy’s entry.

It’s true that Turner came into the game with an average batting average of .303 this season, but that mark isn’t indicative of the actual likelihood of him recording a hit considering the count. Turner has hit .269 this season, hitting 1-2 numbers this season, and that number is also likely to exceed his chances, given that he is running a .226 career in those situations.

While we may not know how much La Russa was likely to receive a blow from Turner, we can assume that his calculations were more likely than Muncy’s chances of widening the frame. Was it a fair assumption to make, even without looking back? No.

Muncy has historically been a very good player; did not merge .240 / .364 / .499 bar lines by 2019-21 by accident. He has played almost poorly this season after injuring his elbow at the end of last year, and entered the .150 / .327 / .263 championship on Thursday in his first 168 trips. It was even worse against the left, hitting .125 / .300 / .150 in 40 bats. (Sousa, for his part, has so far had the opposite divisions in his major league career.) His average and maximum exit speeds are slowing down compared to normal, and he’s rocking less overall, which is noticeable for anyone who has always shown a more passive approach. on the plate.

It’s reasonable to think that Muncy’s elbow injury has put her at risk, and it could be worse than expected, in terms of average and power hitting. However, the only thing he has to keep doing is to get to the bottom of it. Even with his average batting average and slugging percentage, he has come to the base more often than the league average hitter. You may be questioning his ability to hit the ball hard right now, and you may be right about that, but you shouldn’t ignore his eye. In addition, Sousa has walked 11 percent of one he has suffered this year, which means that some savagery should not be ruled out of the realm of opportunity. (Although, frankly, he has thrown away the average strike rate in the league and has never had a control problem at a young age).

Muncy, on the other hand, appeared as an exception Turner’s two strike walk. La Russa, meanwhile, defended his decision when he met with reporters and said it was a “proper call.”

We must also point out here that the decision of a deliberate walk is seldom as easy as the base-out situation and a comparison of the walker and the chosen walker. There is also a batsman who follows the chosen batsman. In this case, Will Smith would be the Dodgers catcher, the average player himself. If Sousa had just walked Muncy instead of giving him a three-run home run, he would still have to deal with Smith on the basics. That’s a far cry from the White Sox’s perfect result.

The funniest thing about La Rusa’s decision is that Sousa was still in favor of recording an exit and getting out of the entrance. That’s the beauty of playing defensively: chances are you end up in any out-of-the-box look, no matter what the situation. This is how baseball works. Of course, this statement may have been the most sensible option for Sousari to continue his fight against Turner, and as we did above without delving into the numbers.

La Rossa’s verdict has been questioned since he took office before last season, and fans and the media have led him to question whether the White Sox’s poor performance so far should have allowed him to end the campaign. If La Russa continues to make decisions like the ones she made on Thursday – decisions that feel wrong now and then, and that go back immediately – calls for her release will be louder.

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