Monday, October 10, 2011

Tony LaRussa's Overmanaging Making Me Sleepy

Seriously. It's 10:30 at night, and we're still in the top of the 6th inning. Lance Lynn, who I'd barely heard of before this series, induced an inning ending double play to Rickie Weeks with the bases loaded to preserve a 7-2 Cardinal lead. On the first pitch. Lance Lynn is stretched out as a starting pitcher.

Here in the top of the 6th, LaRussa pinch hits for Lynn with two out and the bases empty. Why? If Lynn's not good enough to pitch the 6th, how was he good enough to pitch to Weeks with the game on the line. Ryan Theriot just got a single, which doesn't really increase the Cardinals chances of winning. For that teenie advantage, the downside is that, to start the 6th inning, they'll have to go to their 4th pitcher. Even though their third pitcher got two outs on one pitch. 

Everyone gets up in arms about babying starting pitchers, but it's the use of relievers that's far less sensible.

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