During the top of the sixth inning of tonight’s game five, Tim McCarver said something shocking. McCarver noted that Tony LaRussa was playing Chris Duncan in right field, and that that wasn’t a very good idea.
“Duncan isn’t a very good defensive player,” McCarver said. “I think LaRussa should have a better defensive player in instead of Duncan. Somebody like Preston Wilson should be in. They should be playing four innings of defense.”
What was shocking about that statement? It wasn’t what McCarver said that was shocking. It was that he was right. On the next play, Duncan badly misplayed a Sean Casey pop-up and Casey ended up at second with a double (he was later stranded there).
McCarver is a lot of things, but he is almost never right. And in this instance, he was very, VERY right. Wow.