The player with the third lowest OPS in the majors in the regular season?
Because if Joe Blanton had thrown Miguel Montero a better 0-2 slider with two outs and the bases loaded, we would not be having this conversation.
No, we would be talking about something else, dissecting other moves, chattering about this or that rather than the dramatic, eighth-inning grand slam by Montero that lifted the Cubs to an 8-4 victory Saturday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
Roberts, with the score tied 3-3, believed the Dodgers’ best chance was to work their way to the ninth spot in the Cubs’ order and force them to hit for Chapman - “I felt that if we did that,” Roberts would say later, “then the game was ours.” Part of Roberts’ rationale was that the left-handed Joc Pederson and Andrew Toles, two of the Dodgers’ first three hitters the next inning, would have stood a better chance against Chapman’s replacement, righty Hector Rondon, than the 100-mph lefty.
Why not be thankful for the soft spot in the lineup, attack Heyward with a base open and tip your cap if he beats you?