Posted by Steve
I can’t say I’m surprised that Taylor Green has had exactly one at-bat and zero innings played in the field to this point, even though it’s ludicrous. I was a bit surprised, though, to read that Roenicke said the players preferred “their guys” to play.
Where do I even start with a quote like that? The players preferred? So what? The players are not responsible for deciding who plays. We are seeing a “players’ manager” taken to the extreme. RRR needs to stop worrying about what the players want and play the best lineup.
Yuniesky Betancourt has not had a day off since July 17. July 17! Corey Hart has had three days off in that time. What on Earth does Roenicke see in Betancourt? And I realize Casey McGehee has been a bit better, but how can you not give Taylor Green a start or two a week? McGehee’s right-handed; Green’s left-handed. It’s a perfect platoon situation.
Despite all this, there is no reason to freak out after the sweep by the Cardinals. Yes, the Brewers could have put them away, but they’re still in great position. They are 7.5 games up and BP gives them a 97.8% chance to make the playoffs. They have Zack Greinke starting tonight against the worst team in baseball.
The regular season will be fine. I’m just worried about Roenicke in the playoffs. His inefficiencies have been masked by stellar starting pitching for five weeks. Now that the pitching has come back to Earth recently, he’s getting exposed again.