Where Wacha went wrong
November, 1, 2013
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesMichael Wacha abandoned his changeup in Game 6, and the results were disastrous.BOSTON -- Opposing hitters tell stories about Yadier Molina's creativity in his pitch calling, how he tends to think ahead of them from pitch to pitch. Joey Votto, for example, will occasionally exchange thoughts with Molina during at-bats about the pitch just thrown, like rival poker masters reviewing the hand just played.
He is always thinking, and as Michael Wacha explained before the start of the World Series, it is great to know that Molina's experience and knowledge and pitch selection can be relied upon. He is the best defensive catcher in the game, with a brilliant baseball mind, which is why the young St. Louis pitchers defer to him.
Molina is not one to open his bank of intelligence to outsiders, but it would be interesting to know his thought process in the choices he and Wacha made during the rookie's short Game 6 start, and whether Molina had any morning-after regret.