In a move that I disagreed with, Mastermind Bruce Bochy used Tim Lincecum as the set-up man in the eighth inning of NLCS Game #6. I have a pet peeve with managers doing weird things in the post-season. These types of moves smack of desperation and knock players out of the routines that the sport demands. It makes great news and allows them to feel involved, but, the bottom line is they don't often work. In this case, Tim got the twenty second out of this huge game by striking out the amazing Jayson Werth on a change up way out of the zone. Unfortunately, Shane Victorino fought off not one, but two beautiful pitches, before singling. That seemed to deflate Tim as his last pitch was very fat and resulted in an Ibanez single. End of set-up man experiment. Results?
0.1 innings 2 hits 0 runs 0 walks 1 strikeout HIS FIRST EVER HOLD!!!Timmeh threw all sixteen pitches from the stretch; maybe it made him feel like a reliever. But he clearly isn't and he shouldn't have been used that way until absolutely needed (i.e. Game #7). His velocity was low and his command was not inspiring. We had a chance to re-establish Romo (or Castilla!) in a non-elimination situation and that is what I would have done. Maybe Wilson for both innings, but not Tim. Oh well, I guess it worked...kind of...
Time for pre World Series analysis (what a beautiful phrase!). Let's get right to the question at the heart of this post.
So, what do we do next time?? Who is the setup man?
P.S. Remember Tim's only other relief appearance? If you don't, shame on you! Check it out.