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  1. The score of the current game should make Cardinals fans feel better.

    Comment by Nick44 — October 8, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  2. It’s worth noting that the pitch was still belt high. I’m sure Molina wanted it at the knees rather than up where Moore would be able to get some loft on it. The fact that the previous pitch was also belt high doesn’t mean that Yadi wanted the 2nd one up there as well. In all likelihood, Rzepczinski missed his spot both times by getting the ball up. If that pitch is at the knees, either Moore takes it or he hits an infield dribbler.

    Regardless of the outcome, however, the Cards should have had Boggs or Motte vs. Tracy rather than Rzepczinski vs. Moore.

    Comment by chuckb — October 8, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  3. Rzepczynski has been absolutely terrible, to the point that nobody should have been surprised that he executed and still got beat. The Cardinals should have replaced Matheny as manager at the half-inning.

    Comment by cpebbles — October 8, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  4. This is a prime example of why I come to Fangraphs

    Comment by David G — October 8, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  5. “Rzepczynski? What the heck are you doing here! I said Motte”! Sorry, I could not help it.

    Comment by Spit Ball — October 8, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  6. Scrabble and the Rookie sounds like an Aesop fable to me.

    Comment by Jack — October 8, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  7. Sounds like a late-70s buddy movie starring Jeff Bridges and Patrick Swayze.

    Comment by joser — October 9, 2012 @ 2:23 am

  8. This is a fantastic article. My consistency-based rankings of Moore show that he has had some difficulty generating hard contact, despite his nice ISO. So when he didn’t generate hard contact, I wasn’t surprised. I thought it was a miraculous result for the Nats, given everything I knew going into the at-bat, and your article further confirmed that. This is really detailed and informative analysis.

    Comment by — October 9, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  9. as we discussed pretty thoroughly on VEB yesterday, in no world is Boggs vs. Tracy a vastly superior matchup. it MAY be a slightly superior matchup.

    on the other hand, Motte vs. Tracy is a VASTLY superior matchup.

    Comment by Zach — October 9, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  10. Man, I thought people who came to this site knew how to look things up…

    Comment by BVHeck — October 9, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

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