Posted by Steve
Is it fair to say I’ve seen enough of Roenicke to say I don’t like him? Is it already fair to say that?
It might not be, but I’m saying it anyway.
Randy Wolf gave up a ton of hits today. I admit I didn’t see the game, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he wasn’t all that terrible. I say that because he had one of the worst defensive outfields of all time behind him. Braun in left, Kotsay in center, and Hart in right must be the worst outfield in the majors this season.
Remember when Ned Yost used to give guys days off, and he’d insert the replacement in the same spot in the batting order as the regular? For example, when he gave Braun a day off, he’d bat Gabe Kapler third. Well, Roenicke pulled a Yost today. Not only did he make the unspeakable move of playing Mark Freaking Kotsay (his new official name on BBKUTH) in center field, but he compounded it by hitting him second.
This whole Kotsay thing is simply mind-boggling, and it has been from the very beginning. I remember when I saw the news of his signing, I thought that it must have been a non-roster invite. I couldn’t fathom giving him a guaranteed contract.
The guaranteed contract is all that won him his spot on the team, but I have no idea what keeps getting him playing time. He was playing frequently over Morgan, and now he’s playing center field over Brandon Boggs. Not that Brandon Boggs is some great hitter, but at least he is a fairly capable outfielder. Kotsay is a slow guy who has absolutely no power. He has a .606 OPS! And that’s with three intentional walks! The man has a slugging percentage of .273. Two-seventy-three!!
Why did Gomez even need a day off today anyway? He’s 25 years old, and the team has an off day tomorrow.
Then, there’s his crazy use of Kameron Loe. Loe pitched the last two games before today, and Roenicke said before the game that he was unavailable. So then why, with a one-run lead in the eighth inning, was Loe in the game? Why not Mike McClendon or Marco Estrada?
Loe is on pace for over 90 appearances, which is pretty insane. But what’s even more concerning is why Roenicke wants to use him that much in the first place! It isn’t like Loe is some bullpen ace. He’s put together one good half-season in his career! He’s 29 years old, and he has a 1.46 career WHIP, a 1.66 k/bb ratio, and has an ERA+ of 101.
So then why is Loe being used like he’s Mariano Rivera?