Mets winning, 3-2, top 6th. Reliever Ambiorix Burgos in the game, Phils have 2nd & 3rd with 2 outs. Burgos had just struck out Chase Utley in a 12-pitch at-bat -- a great showing. But with Ryan Howard coming up and 1st base open, it seems a no-brainer. Willie decides to let the youngster pitch. I alert the TV that I am formally protesting this call. Yeah, let the kid get some exposure to moments like this by going after guys, but don't throw him to the wolves. It's Ryan Friggin' Howard, MVP.
Keith, Ron, & Gary agree.
As the 2-2 pitch enters the bullpen, it really, really bugs me to have been proven right on this. Sometimes the answer is just as easy as it seems.