Friday, June 26, 2009
Sleep in Bed, Not on the Field
Pedro Feliz fell asleep on the bases last night...again. During a potential Phillies rally in the 6th inning, a mental lapse by Feliz prevented the Phillies from scoring on a fly out to centerfield by Eric Bruntlett. Feliz, was on first base, while Matt Stairs was on third base, forgot there was only one out, got too far off first and was doubled off, on a throw by BJ Upton, before Stairs could score on a sacrfice fly.
Did you notice the part earlier when I mentioned "again"? Yeah, well Feliz pulled this same pile of horse crap in the first game of a double header with the wild card leading Brewers last September. The Phillies won that game, and swept the series, so Feliz's mental slacking never made the impact it would have if it had killed a rally or cost the team a run, like last night. The game on September 14th was a similar enough situation, with Feliz on first base, in the midst of a rally. A routine fly out to Milwaukee right fielder Cory Hart turned into an embarrassing moment for Pedro, who forgot how many outs there were, and had rounded second base, while the outfield assist came in slowly to Prince Fielder at first base, for the double play.
My question is this...who is to blame? Is it 100% Pedro Feliz, or is it first base coach Davey Lopes' mistake also? The first time, perhaps, caught up in a rally, Lopes could forget to mention the number of outs to a runner. However, as a coach, once a player is proven to not be fully invested in a game on the base paths, the coach should absolutely make it a point to not allow that player to fall asleep and forget the outs ever again. Davey Lopes needs to know his runners, and needs to perform his duties as a coach. It is his job to tell the runner the outs, especially phlegmatic third basemen who get doubled off first base by outfielders on a regular basis.