Seriously, Doug. Like, right now.

Posted by Steve

Hello everyone. I’m just returning from a beautiful Labor Day at the ballpark. How fun.

Question, though. Did Yost really let Greg Aquino blow the lead? That did happen, right? Ok then. Here goes.

Ned has no idea what he’s doing. None. Greg Aquino?! With an eighth-inning two-run lead, runners on first and second and two out, here are people I would rather see pitching to Hunter Pence than Greg Aquino:

  • Francisco Freaking Cordero
  • Brian Shouse
  • Matt Wise
  • Chris Spurling
  • Steve Bray (still somehow in AAA with a 1.62 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 77.2 innings)
  • Manny Parra with a broken thumb
  • Corey Koskie
  • Danny Almonte
  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Chewbacca
  • Me

Yost said he wanted to use a righty and play the percentages (just like Mench over Jenkins against Dempster!). That’s why he didn’t leave Shouse in to face Pence. That’s fine. I’m completely okay with that, and I even agree with it.

But not when the choice is… Greg Aquino. First of all, the guy imploded with inherited runners during his time in Milwaukee. Secondly, it’s incredibly unfair to ask a guy to make his first major league appearance in months when you’re trying to hold a late lead (especially one who isn’t an established major-league player).

I won’t even rag on Ned for sac bunting with Hardy (most managers don’t realize it lowers your chances of scoring a run anyway, or at least they ignore that fact) or subbing out Braun and Gross and burning through his September call-upped bench in a nine-inning game.

For me, it’s all about the bullpen, baby.  Why in the name of Winklesas would you use Seth McClung with a two-run lead in the seventh inning?  Especially if Linebrink was your backup plan for that inning to begin with?  This isn’t 2004 Neddy Bear.  You aren’t using September to give guys confidence anymore.  You’re trying to win your division.

And of course, why didn’t he consider using Francisco Cordero to face Pence in the eighth?  Is it so preposterous to ask your closer to get four outs once in a while?  Of course not.  Instead, Yost let his team blow a three-run eighth inning lead without using his best reliever.

Now I’m not completely blaming the loss on Ned.  Turnbow was not good today, Estrada is slow and lazy, Gross screwed up, etc.  But as manager, there’s no excuse for not putting your team in the best position to win.  And once again, (broken record?) there’s no way Ned could convincingly argue that he did that today.

Even more infuriating is the fact that the Cardinals and Cubs both got worked today, so they should have picked up a game.  I’ve had enough of Ned’s in-game decision making, and his keen ability to mismanage a bullpen.  Let’s take care of that any day now, Mr. Melvin.

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6 responses to “Seriously, Doug. Like, right now.

  1. Yeah, a sweet point made on Madison’s ESPN radio tonight by Badgers Basketball announcer Mike LePay(spelling?), was this: How come Yost “plays his hunch” and lets Mench hit vs Dempster when it made vitually no sense, but then “play’s the percentages” and inserts a righty to face Pence (which makes sense but why Aquino?). Whether you agree with those moves or not, pick a philosophy and stick with it.

  2. Also, it might be Matt LaPay (either way, im too lazy to google it)

  3. Ahh yeah I was at this game too. Ouch. A manager’s job would be so pimp. Just sit on the bench with ball players and do whatever the hell you want and then just throw out cliche-riddled excuses after a loss or claim genius-status after a win.

    Palma made a good point when we were talking: The Brewers could go on a tear over the rest of the month and win the division and I bet somewhere, Yost would come up in conversations about NL Manager of the Year. Or, they could continue in their current course and he’s out of a job… this is crazy. this is baseball. THIS IS SPARTA.

    great game today though, booyah.

  4. TONIGHT, WE DINE IN HELL!!

  5. Also, Danny Almonte as a 14 year old in the LLWS or as the 18 year old being drafted last year.

    “Jack Nicholson now or 1974…”

  6. Pingback: Where the Brewers need to improve part three: In-Game Managing « Brewers! Brewers! Keep Turnin’ Up the Heat!

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