Fredi Gonzalez left Matt Lindstrom in the game to sink or swim on his own last night, as a test. Clearly, he failed. Now what?
As I sat in my new favorite local sports bar, I watched Lindstrom self-destruct in 5 batters. As I watched the Marlins' lead fizzle before my eyes, it became clear to me that Fredi was watching Lindstrom intently to see how he would react under this pressure.
Walking in a run in the 9th inning with a lead is bad enough. Giving up the lead and a grand salami to a guy whom you know is quite capable of it was the real test. Could Lindstrom put behind him the "harmless" walk while the Marlins still held the lead? Could his pitches actually fool this key hitter?
Mitch Williams on MLBN stated flat out last night: "Lindstrom has no movement on his pitches. It's one thing to throw a fastball in the high 90s, but if it's flat, its hittable."
How true. Oh how painfully true.
I must, therefore, conclude that Fredi saw this and decided to give Lindstrom enough rope to hang himself, which he did brilliantly.
Now the question is what to do with the hanging corpse.