Willie Randolph said he doesn’t think he waited too long to pull Alay Soler Sunday against the Yankees. I think he did. Personally, I would have pulled him after he failed to cover first. Clearly, Soler’s concentration was off, and that’s how grand slams happen.
Tonight in Pittsburgh’s three-run fifth, Maine walked three, including pitcher Paul Maholm to load the bases and Jose Bautista to drive in the Pirates’ first run. Jack Wilson then hit a two-run single. Facing Maholm with two outs was a gift, as close to a “Get out of jail card,’’ as a pitcher can get, but he blew it. Maine has to be pulled then and not allowed to pitch to Bautista or Wilson.
The Mets are where they are in large part because of their bullpen, but two nights in a row Randolph dragged his feet getting to it.