Francona needs wake-up call over choosing Timlin

There are 5 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 13, 2008, titled Francona needs wake-up call over choosing Timlin. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

I guess Terry Francona didn't want to miss last call over at the Vinoy Hotel. What other possible reason could there be for Francona to pitch Mike Timlin in the 11th inning of a tied ALCS game when Paul Byrd ...

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dogwood

Windsor, CT

#1 Oct 13, 2008
Maybe after seeing how bad Beckett was , he is thinking about using Byrd for Becketts next start?? The Sox will be OK ,They will pound Garza today and Wake will spin{i mean not spin} a beauty tomorrow>>>, and game 6 it will be the bullpen that slams the door>>
JJJ

Waltham, MA

#2 Oct 13, 2008
Does the author really contend he knows more than the Red Sox coaching staff?
Hindsight is always 20/20, but John Farrell and Terry Francona see these guys pitch every day, on their side sessions and in the games.
Not only that but Paul Byrd is a starter, the difference between starting the game and going 5 - 6 innings and being able to get up in the middle of the game get warmed up and throw effectively is enormous. I for one tend not to question the decisions of someone who has won 2 world series championships in the past 4 years
Timlin

Boston, MA

#3 Oct 13, 2008
Timlin needs to be sent home for good.
As soon as he comes in I shut the TV off. He is a 100% guaranteed loss.
Mariner

Fairbanks, AK

#4 Oct 13, 2008
ANYBODY but Timlin. Maybe it was a token appearance for one of the older players but come on,you have to pull the trigger with a steady hand not blow the game with questionable pitchers. He is indeed a guaranteed loss, a virtual gimmee for the opposing team.
Taxpayer

Acton, MA

#5 Oct 14, 2008
Timlin should only be used when the Red Sox are ahead 20 to 0. When he comes in, I go to bed.

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