With a doff of the cap to Baseball Think Factory, former Houston Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg tells us why he was partially responsible for the go-ahead, three-run home run Brad Lidge served up to Albert Pujols in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS.
What’s my point?
Eckstein’s hit in the “5–6? hole was the difference in the game. I was not positioned properly at third base.
Why does it matter?
If Eckstein gets on base, Lidge had to face the lefty Edmonds. In 2004 and 2005, Edmonds hit 4 home runs into the left field Crawford Boxes. Behind Edmonds is Pujols, the best hitter the game has ever seen.