I still don’t get how Manny Acta is the new manager for CLV. What could he have shown in his time in Washington that anyone would take as positive? (Conversely, the Nationals must have ignored the Riggleman era in Chicago. I didn’t. He left a lot to be desired.)
What evidence is there that Acta mismanaged the Nationals? No manager could have done even marginally well with Washington’s roster. We can’t base his overall managing skills on one stint with a horrid team.
There was a lot of chatter regarding the Twins and a lefty-heavy middle of the order when they signed Jim Thome. The consensus was that since the AL central has very few LH SP’s and no LH closers there wasn’t much to worry about. The AL in general seems to have a lower-than-usual number of dominant lefty starters this year, and the Twins and Indians are unlikely to win the couple of games they’ll play against CC Sabathia or Cliff Lee anyway.
Also, what’s up with the comments bashing Acta? It’s not his fault the Indians don’t have RH slugger.
Don’t forget that Span, Mauer, and Morneau hit lefties well and Jason Kubel supposedly showed improvement against lefties in ’09. Aaron Gleeman has repeatedly argued that Thome being a lefthanded hitter shouldn’t be as big of a worry as some people made it out to be.
Going lefty through the middle of the order doesn’t seem like a big deal when the opposing starter is right handed, because the good probably outweighs the bad of exposing yourself to lefty relievers late in the game. But they shouldn’t keep that lineup against lefty starters, since they’d face the disadvantage all game long.
There is evidence. How do you explain his obsession with batting Austin Kearns 5th or the game vs. the Orioles that he lost by batting Kearns and Ronnie Belliard back to back in the lineup. It’s no coincidence that the team improved vastly without him and with Riggleman.