Is Farrell's playoff inexperience an issue?

Is Farrell's playoff inexperience an issue?
September 21, 2013, 3:45 pm
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John Farrell might be dubbed as the 'white knight' by some Red Sox fans after leading them back to the playoffs.

But will his lack of playoff experience hurt the Red Sox in the postseason?

The Baseball Show panel discussed that topic.

Dan Shaughnessy brings up the fact that Terry Francona was inexperienced when he helped lead the team to a World Series in 2004.

"No. Terry Francona was with the '04 Red Sox, he had never been in a playoff game. And back-to-back-to-back, it was Soscia, Joe Torre, and Tony LaRussa.  Won all three series'.  I think that's very overrated."

Lou Merloni believes that the pressure is on the manager, but the power is really in the hands of his relievers.

"A manager is smart or an idiot depending on how his relievers do." added Merloni, "John Farrell pulls a pitcher too early and the guy does his job in the bullpen, it's a great move.  If the reliever doesn't do his job, doesn't execute pitches, doesn't do what he needs to do.  Then we start to look at John Farrell and say, 'what were you thinking?'"

Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam agrees with Shaughnessy, that experience means nothing heading into the postseason, stating that Ron Washington quite possibly cost his team a World Series, even with experience.

"I'm not sure if fifty games of postseason experience makes him any better, if past is prologue, because he essentially cost the Rangers the World Series when they played St. Louis." argued Sean McAdam, "That series against St. Louis, he blew.  There aren't a lot of World Series or postseason series where you go back and say, 'the manager cost his team a win or cost his team a championship.'"