-On leaving in Burgos: Randolph said Aaron Heilman wasn’t available after throwing 41 pitches Sunday in Atlanta. As far as leaving him in to face Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, Randolph said: “it’s the sixth inning and we’re in the second week of the season, I’m not going to play every game right now like it’s the World Series.’’
Here’s Willie’s best quote of the day: “I respect Howard like crazy, but he’s not Barry Bonds.’’
My take on it: If I was going to pull Burgos it would have been before the Utley at-bat, figuring that’s why I have Pedro Feliciano and Scott Schoeneweis. But, if Randolph is going to let him pitch to Utley, and he gets him out on a 12-pitch at-bat, then there’s no reason not to let him pitch to Howard. There’s another issue here. Burgos might have a million-dollar arm, but his confidence level is probably worth a nickel. Eventually, Randolph will need Burgos so he has to do something to increase his confidence level.
-On running for Green and not Alou: Randolph said he was going for the win, and Endy Chavez could have scored from first on an extra-base hit. He also called Alou one of his “big boys,’’ which means he’s not taking him out of the game until absolutely necessary. It also means he has more confidence in Alou defensively than Green.
My take on it: You have to tie the game before you can win it. Chavez might have beaten the play to third, but seven runs in the inning makes it all a moot point. If I were to run, I would have run for Alou. I’d rather have the speed as the lead runner.