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Gibbons lashes out at Jays' staff

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07:09 AM ET 05.10 | On Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Rays made it hurt in their series finale against Toronto. [The] Jays lost it 5-4 in the worst way imaginable as in the 10th inning, Brad Lincoln came on with two on and two out and walked both batters he faced to hand the Rays a 5-4 victory. It was their most bitter loss of the season. Manager John Gibbons was seething. "You shouldn't lose games like that, you've got to throw strikes," he said. "It's pretty simple you know. Let them hit their way to victory. ... It's frustrating. It's a disappointing loss, it really is. We had the lead and coughed it up. They get the big win when we couldn't throw strikes."

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John Gibbons, Icon Sports John Gibbons, Icon Sports
May 10, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Gibbons is right. If a pitcher cannot throw strikes, then, that pitcher, and his team, essentially won't win a lot of games.
Nothing is more frustrating to me to watch a pitcher for the team I root for continuosly miss the plate. There are eight other guys on the field. Let them be part of the game.
It is amazing what might happen if the pitcher throws stikes and the batter winds up swinging at the ball. The batter might miss, for a strike, or, maybe even hit the ball, and, then someone in the field might make a play and an out will result.
And, if the pitcher winds up getting battered because he hasn't got the right stuff? Well, eveyone will be better served to find that out sooner rather than later and that pitcher can be on his way to finding another job better suited to his capabilites.

May 10, 2013  08:39 AM ET

The manager makes the lineup out, makes decisions during the game, both on hitting and pitching. It is up to the individual player to succeed, but if he fails the manger is the escape goat for management as his fired for not winning enough games.

May 10, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Gibbons is right. If a pitcher cannot throw strikes, then, that pitcher, and his team, essentially won't win a lot of games. Nothing is more frustrating to me to watch a pitcher for the team I root for continuosly miss the plate. There are eight other guys on the field. Let them be part of the game.It is amazing what might happen if the pitcher throws stikes and the batter winds up swinging at the ball. The batter might miss, for a strike, or, maybe even hit the ball, and, then someone in the field might make a play and an out will result. And, if the pitcher winds up getting battered because he hasn't got the right stuff? Well, eveyone will be better served to find that out sooner rather than later and that pitcher can be on his way to finding another job better suited to his capabilites.

They should have lost all 4 to the Rays. Fortunately for them, the Rays pens was kind enough to throw batting practice for them in the first two games.

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May 10, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Yeah it was also kind of the Rays to score two runs while the Jays pitcher was convulsing on the floor.

What were they supposed to do?

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May 10, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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The manager makes the lineup out, makes decisions during the game, both on hitting and pitching. It is up to the individual player to succeed, but if he fails the manger is the escape goat for management as his fired for not winning enough games.

the jays don't have a quality and experienced manager as simple as that!!!!

May 10, 2013  11:34 AM ET

if the pitchers aren't playing to their capabilities?then bring in a tough pitching coach but fixed already!!!

May 10, 2013  11:43 AM ET
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if the pitchers aren't playing to their capabilities?then bring in a tough pitching coach but fixed already!!!

Uh oh, the Jays are going to want Farrell back now!!!

May 10, 2013  07:47 PM ET
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My point is it's messed up to say the Rays deserved to win that game when two of the runs they scored in the first place came when a guy was severely injured. Nothing against them scoring it, just don't agree at all that they "deserved" those runs.

Why cuz the pitcher couldn't field the line drive. I understand his reaction wasn't quick enough to get outta the way or enev get glove on the ball, but that's kinda dumb to say. Oh he was supposed to catch it but didn't so we shouldn't really count those runs its unfair. u wanna talk about undeserved runs talk to an A's fan about their series in Cleveland.

May 10, 2013  10:11 PM ET
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The manager makes the lineup out, makes decisions during the game, both on hitting and pitching. It is up to the individual player to succeed, but if he fails the manger is the escape goat for management as his fired for not winning enough games.

*SCAPE*goat.

 
May 11, 2013  02:32 AM ET

Ifpitching staff isn't getting job done bring up soms pitching from minors and send some of non -performing pitchers down to triple A. This would send message to rest of staff. Start performing or you could be next one shipping out.

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