OldDawg wrote:I have always wondered why it is that when a set-up guy has a quick, effective and dominant 8th inning he isn't just left in for the 9th anyways. He's loose. He's in game mode. He doesn't have to break into the game. He's hot and in his zone. Just leave him in to start the 9th and get him out if you smell trouble.
To me, ALWAYS going to the closer is the "managing by the book" mentality that is overdone. That mentality also tells managers to yank a red-hot RHP late in a game against a lefty batter no matter what. What about managing by how things are playing out right in front of you. Go with the hot hand.
But I'm not a baseball manager. Just a guy at a keyboard.
Baseball worked that way for a century until the late 80's.
Suiter, Gossage, Bourbon, Fingers.... all those guys did that. If they are still once thru the lineup it'd be preferable to putting a gopher ball servin' corpse out there cause you're a brain dead manager keeping a player in "his role".