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Chris Singleton on M&M: ‘I wasn’t 100 percent’ that Red Sox should have walked Evan Longoria

10.08.13 at 2:47 pm ET
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ESPN MLB analyst Chris Singleton joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the ALDS series between the Red Sox and Rays and and decisions made by Sox manager John Farrell during Monday night’s Game 3 loss.

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

Singleton said that he wasn’t sure that walking Rays slugger Evan Longoria in the bottom of the fifth inning was the right move at the time for the Sox. Rather than walking Longoria and loading the bases, Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched to the third baseman and surrendered a three-run home run, tying the game.

“Longoria, obviously, that situation, the three-run home run. I don’t know. A lot of times, I’m so quick to say, ‘Yeah, you got to walk this guy and put him on,’ but Longoria didn’t really have good swings. I mean, Clay, he was throwing that front-door cutter, that sinker in there, and there was some swings that weren’t great,” Singleton said. “I wasn’t 100 percent like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to walk him here.’ Sometimes there’s certain things within the game that you can kind of feel. … But it’s not always that way.”

Singleton also added that in that situation in the fifth, he would still be worried about having to pitch to Rays rookie Wil Myers with the bases loaded, despite the fact that he has failed to collect a hit in the series so far.

“Yeah, I mean it makes sense [to pitch to Myers over Longoria]. It makes total sense to go that route. But Myers, for me, and Myers hasn’t done anything here in this postseason, but I watch him take BP, and I watch some of the balls he hits right and … I’ve got this feeling that you know what, this guy, he’s one swing away from getting hot in this postseason. You just have that kind of strange feeling,” Singleton said. “I don’t know if that’s a feeling that John Farrell has, I don’t know.”

Farrell also took David Ortiz out of the game in eighth in order to put speedster Quintin Berry on the basepaths. Singleton said he believes that it’s important for a manager to stick with his philosophy and style, even during the high-pressure moments of October baseball.

“Well, yeah, it’s important because it sends a message to the players. It’s very important, because when they see you do something different or out of character, unless that thing works and starts to send a little something to the team, it [shows] a little bit of panic,” Singleton said. “And that’s the last thing that you want in the postseason. … So I think it’s important. These managers, man, I’ve been doing this postseason for awhile now and being at these ballparks … Everything, every move that they make is scrutinized so hard, and there are some that deserve it.”

To listen to the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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