Now in 2006, we are seeing the same problems with in game pitching changes that we say in ’04. What good is a manager if he only gets wins based on having guys play out their ass? If that is the case, why even have a manager?
I'm not sure I can agree with this. I'm not sure Bobby Cox, LaRussa or Guillen could handle this pitching staff right now. Sometime it just is NOT the manager's fault, and this is one case (the pitching staff) where it isn't. Bad bullpens typically make managers look bad (remember the Seattle pens when Piniella was there?).
I've seen Wedge try to stick it out with starters to try and get them through 6-7 innings.....when that hasn't worked, I've also seen him turn to the bullpen in the 6-7 innings.....it just doesn't matter, because in both scenarios, his pitchers just are not performing.
The handling of the pitching staff at this point falls on the players themselves if you ask me, or even Shapiro since he assembled this group.
but every once in a while, it might not be a bad idea to attempt a hit and run. Or maybe call for a sacrifice bunt.
Agreed on hitting and running.....although this isn't a high contact laden lineup (lots of swing and miss guys). But, if you ask me, we actually sac bunt (or attempt it) too much.
And, to me, when you are getting pounded by the opposition, you can't sacrifice outs. You need all the outs you can to keep hitting and having big innings like your opposition is doing to you. Right now, I am only bunting in the 8th/9th inning of a game where we are down up/down 1 or tied.
(Other than that, I agree on the piece....)