Baseball has evolved into a game of bullpens. Teams drop $300 million on starters to throw just five innings in critical games. They spend about ten cents on relievers who make or break them.
And in bullpen baseball, the Los Angeles Kenley Jansens are a thousand times better than the Houston Ken Gileses.
Giles is closer to Sam Dyson than he is to Mariano Rivera. Yet, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said before yesterday’s game that Giles was his go-to guy, no matter what.
It appears baseball games are being managed before they even begin now. There is a game plan and you don’t deviate from it. Forget the actual game that is going on in front of you. Stick with the plan. Even if that plan calls for Ken Giles.
In fact, not only are baseball games being managed before they begin, now it seems that the outcome is decided before they begin. Game 5 tonight will be won by the Dodgers, according to MLB.com:
Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31) vs Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90)
Game time: 7:08 on FOX