Woz Posted May 24, 2018 Share Posted May 24, 2018 So, I got to see some "rookie manager malpractice" up close and personal yesterday. Incident #1 - Not Knowing When to Pull A Pitcher Through four innings, Erick Fedde (a guy they had called up from AAA for just this game) was looking pretty solid: allowed only one hit (two base runners, Manuel Margot reached on an error by Turner) and had six strikeouts on just 65 pitches. However, in the top of the fifth, he started to wear down and Freddy Galvis got a double, and was later scored by Margot's single two batters later. Damage was done, but limited to just one run, two hits, on 85 pitches. Because of the way it worked out (and because the Nats like their pitchers batting eighth so Wilmer Difo takes the 9 spot), Fedde was up to bat at the bottom of the fifth first. I thought to myself "obviously, they're going to pinch hit for ... they're sending him out??" Fedde strikes out on three pitches, two of which were hacks that looked more appropriate for me to see at my son's little league games. I mean, these were atrocious swings. I'm watching from the Red Porch(*) and even I can see he's gassed. Two batters later (Difo struck out, Trea Turner grounded out to third), the top of the sixth comes up ... and they send Fedde back to the mound. On one hand, maybe the idea is they want to push Fedde a bit, see what happens when he's tired. On the other, he's thrown 85 pitches so he's probably near his limit and it's the top of the order, the third time through. In a one run game. Fedde gets Travis Jankowski to ground out to Turner at short, allows a single to Eric Hosmer, and then gets a check swing ground out Jose Pirela back to himself (Hosmer advances on the play). All of that happened in five pitches. So, two outs, a guy on second, 90 pitches ... pushing it but let's see what happens. Franchy Cordero gets up, and Fedde gets him on an 0-2 count before throwing four straight balls. Now, at this point, it's a one run game. Two outs. Two men on. Pitcher has thrown 96 pitches. Martinez leaves him out there. Next pitch, Christian Villanueva hits a ball deep to right. Harper tracks it, but it clips off the top of his glove. Originally, they scored it as an error, but later reversed it to a double. Regardless, two runs score. Martinez then immediately pulls him for Tim Collins (no @Doc Draper, not the drink, that's the guy's name). So, you're telling me that Collins was warmed up and ready to go one pitch too late? Or that you didn't think it was a good idea going to your bullpen in a high leverage situation instead of leaving your tiring pitcher in a jam? Horrible. No, this isn't 20/20 hindsight. This is me screaming when it's happening, wondering why you aren't pulling the guy. Incident #2 - Not Understanding the Strengths & Weaknesses of Your Hitter Context: going into the ninth, the Nationals had managed just five hits (four singles (two of which belonged to Matt Adams), and a home run (also Adams'). The offense was dead, but they were still down just two runs. Downside is that Brad Hand, the Padres' closer, came in the eighth for a five out save (got Juan Soto to ground out to him and Bryce Harper struck out in the eighth on ten pitches). But then Anthony Rendon hits a "just missed a home run" (was maybe a foot short) double off the right center field wall. Next up is Adams. Again, this guy has been half of the offense all day, going 3-3 with a home run. Martinez pulls him for Mark Reynolds. A bit later into Reynolds' at bat they show that Reynolds is 4-10 against Hand, with two home runs. My buddy also reminds me that Adams is much worse against lefties (like Hand). So, I grumble a bit, but Reynolds gets a single. No outs, runners on first and third. Michael A. Taylor comes up to bat. Now, Taylor has had a bit of a redemption series against the Padres: the home run on Monday, and the gun down plus walk off double on Tuesday. So, there's an idea of giving him the go-ahead to further his confidence. There's also the fact that he's hitting 0.190. Unfortunately, they don't have much on the bench (Stevenson had pinched hit in the seventh, and was due in two hitters) at this point: Pedro Severino and Adrian Sanchez (I think Matt Wieters and Ryan Zimmerman might have been available, but I think it was also their rest days). But Taylor's got wheels, so why not bunt here with a safety squeeze (Rendon can go or not go, based on his call)? If nothing else, it would prevent a double play between first and second. Nope, Taylor is given the order to swing away and three pitches later, he's heading back to the dug out. Oh, and then Spencer Kieboom grounds into a double play the next at bat to end the game. (*) I refuse to call it the branded name, in no small part because that brand is an insult to beer everywhere. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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