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In the age of analytics in baseball, a lot of longtime fans still appreciate the old-school ways. As baseball’s oldest manager, Houston‘s Dusty Baker has plenty of old school in him. It turns out that his ace pitcher is pretty happy about that.
Baker bucked metrics-fueled trends in pitcher usage on Wednesday during the sixth inning of the Astros’ 4-3 Game 4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series in San Diego, sticking with Zack Greinke after a mound visit at a point when many managers would have gone to the bullpen. The decision helped save Houston’s season, as Greinke wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam and turned over a lead to the Astros’ bullpen.
Houston now trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
“I can’t lie to you: There were some prayers there on the way back to the dugout,” Baker said. “Sometimes I talk to my dad, and I just get a feeling.”
Houston had just grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fifth at Petco Park on George Springer‘s two-run homer. Then the Rays put two runners on base with one out and the red-hot Randy Arozarena stepping