“Don’t use our pitcher” ML clubs’ interference, shock defeat US coach “It’s hard” Complaint
Headache Mark DeRosa (48), who leads the US baseball team, has a headache due to major league clubs’ pitcher protection guidelines. Coach DeRosa, who is being criticized for the shock defeat, also complained.
The US baseball team led by coach DeRosa suffered a 5-11 defeat against Mexico in the second game of Group C in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on the 13th (Korean time). It was a shocking first loss for the American Dream Team, all 30 of which were Major League players.
The pitchers collapsed after receiving 15 hits, including two home runs. The 11 runs were the second largest loss since the 2009 WBC 2nd round against Puerto Rico (1-11), which tied the record for the most runs scored by the US national team in a game. Starting pitcher Nick Martinez gave up 5 hits (1 home run) in 2⅔ innings, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and 3 runs, while third pitcher Brady Singer was beaten with 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 4 runs in 2 innings.
Singer, who was put in at the start of the 4th inning, accumulated runners with hits, wild throws, doubles, and walks after one out, and then Joey Menes hit a three-run homer and quickly gave up four runs. The score was 1-7, and the victory passed to Mexico early. Criticism is rising over the management of the game by coach DeRosa, who did not replace Singer even though he was shaking.
However, if you look closely, there was another reason. According to local media such as ‘ESPN’, coach DeRosa said in an official interview after the game,메이저놀이터 “We have to manage innings to protect pitchers and prepare for the regular season. He is trying to respect the intentions of the clubs,” he said. It’s hard because you have to win the game and you have to pay attention to pitcher management. But I won’t do anything to jeopardize players’ big league careers.”
Although coach DeRosa did not name the players separately, out of the seven relievers on the day, except for Martinez, the only two pitchers who played multiple innings were Singer and Daniel Bard (4 runs allowed in ⅔ innings). The rest of the scoreless pitchers, including Kendall Graveman (⅓ innings), Adam Ottavino (1 inning), Aaron Roof (1 inning), Devin Williams (⅓ innings), and Ryan Presley (1 inning), threw only one inning or less. Graveman and Williams did not come up in the next inning after arranging the situation with runners.
Relief pitchers can’t even fight at will. Director DeRosa said, “There are rules according to the number of pitches. As long as we respect the clubs, there will be some discussions about this tonight as well.” It is natural to protect pitchers for clubs ahead of the regular season, but it is difficult for the field where they have to play immediately. From the perspective of manager DeRosa, who has great restrictions on pitcher management, it can be felt as excessive interference.
On the 12th, the first game against England won 6-2, but the United States, which lost 1 win and 1 loss in the group stage with 11 runs against Mexico that day, was placed at a disadvantage in terms of run rate. After winning against Canada on the 14th and against Colombia on the 16th with the minimum number of goals, we have to see the results of the rest of the teams. If you make a mistake, you may be humiliated by being eliminated early in the first round. In the remaining two games, coach DeRosa, who was unable to use pitchers freely, had a headache.