No.argolio wrote:Seeking to advance? How did that work out?Hollywood2 wrote:Team Canada was seeking to advance, and therefore needed 2 wins. They needed Richmond against Venezuela and had to save him. Had they used him against Italy, their 2 runs may still not have been enough. (Granted, they might have scored 1 or 2 more had they been in a tight game and were playing for one run.) However, Venezuela would have scored 10+ runs against the staff used against Italy.
Needed two wins? How about one first? And why not pitch Richmond against the U.S.? They lost by only one run in a game they all but conceded. When you basically treat your opponents as if they're on a giant pedestal instead of going with your best, you get what you pay for -- going home with your tail between your legs.
Every baseball team has to set its rotation. Canada had only one MLB-level starter (Scott Richmond) and had to have him available for the biggest game (which is the 3rd game). It's that simple. They can't see how the Italy game is going and then say "Hey Scott, get ready for the 4th inning." Starters get ready a few days before a game.