If not Sexson, who? Willie! Boom-Boom! Yes! That guy!
I said some unkind things about McLaren’s choice to start Cairo in Sexson’s stead tonight. But there really is no way to justify the decision. With Sexson lost, here’s who was available:
- WFB-R, plays a good first base, terrible hitter
- WFB Light-R, plays a bad first base, terrible hitter
- Turbo-B, plays a bad first base, terrible hitter so far but probably a good bet to do better than either of those two, offensively
- play someone out of position, either Clement, Ibanez, or someone else, like someone tall from the bullpen
Once you’ve eliminated that last one, you really only have two defensible choices: Vidro, because you want a guy who’ll take a walk and might get a hit, or Bloomquist, because as long as you’re punting offense you might as well get a good glove out there.
There is no reason to play Cairo. There’s no reason Cairo’s on the roster, frankly, but this is supposedly exactly the reason Cairo’s there — to allow them to use Bloomquist while still having a Bloomquist facsimile on the bench. Arrgghhh.
And then — to not pinch-hit for Cairo late in the game when they’re down but things are still close… why not? You in the world do you pinch hit for Clement, who can hit, with Bloomquist in the 9th and not Cairo in the 8th? Why — this is just crazy.