When Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora pulled starting pitcher Rick Porcello out early in Game 3 of the World Series, it probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
This is the postseason of the quick hook and the extended bullpen, so why not?
Porcello had given up only a run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings when Cora started a parade of relief pitchers that would include starter David Price on two days’ rest and eventually include everyone in the bullpen except rusty left-hander Drew Pomeranz.
He couldn’t argue with the immediate results. The eight pitchers who followed Porcello did not give up an earned run over the next 12 1/3 innings, but the longer the game went...