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Drafting Jim Joyce; Game 3 Analysis

Let me start off by saying I have watched the replay on this obstruction call about 50 times. As a Sox fan, I am not holding bias by saying I do not believe in this call. I expect MLB to change the official scoring, giving the W to Jim Joyce. If you're looking for late round value in your fantasy drafts next season, I would recommend Joyce, as he seems to try to pile up counting stats as well as any player. Anyways, jokes aside, to the controversial play to end game 3. First off, I did not watch the bottom of the ninth inning. I watched every inning up until halfway through the ninth. I heard the call on the radio and then proceeded to rewatch the inning. Here's three problems I have leading up to the play: Brandon Workman batted with one out in the ninth. Napoli was left on the bench with the top of the order coming up. Workman was pulled from the inning. So essentially, Napoli was left on the bench for one out. I feel like with 2 of the slowest guys on the field with Molina and an injured Craig, Workman would have been more effective in a double play attempt rather then the unhittable Koji. With Kozma coming up to bat, Salty didn't just hold the ball. Now on the final play, Pedroia made an amazing play to throw out Molina. What happened next is where I wanna become a professional analyst for this post. Salty threw the ball to third, wide of the bag. Middlebrooks made an attempt to catch the ball, ending up on the ground, where obstruction was called and the winning run was given a free pass. I've seen many replays at different angles and I want to break down some things I saw on some angles. 1. At first I thought Middlebrooks dived and layed there. Then I caught a glimpse of Craigs back foot coming in and possibly taking out Middlebrooks. 2. Craig didn't just go over Middlebrooks, his left hand was on his back as it appears Will might be making an effort to get up. 3. Craig was out by a step. Had he not tripped, It's very possible that he would have been out anyway. Nava didn't make the best throw, but if he hadn't tripped the throw could arguably been different. My personal opinion is the call should have been out. The game should have gone on. I don't think at that point on this stage you can end a game because of Middlebrooks being in the position he's in. I can't see how he could have moved, as Craig was right on top of him and he was just helpless. I truly feel Middlebrooks was on the ground because of the runner at this point in time and can't be faulted for being there. Of course, I could have been wrong on every point here but that's the fun of analyzing. But my initial thought was that the call was okay, with later replays making me wonder if Jim Joyce just likes to end games his way. As this is my first post, and the first post on the game, I hope I didn't do too bad. Discuss on.

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