The mainstream has taken the role of closer to such a ridiculous extreme that it usually clouds judgment in making the practical solution. I wonder if it would have been the same, however, if Huston Street was healthy and playing successfully. Probably not, but the bright side of this situation is intelligent decision making, and an interesting article
I think this is also a concession from Tracy that he has 2 talented but too-eratic-to-be-lights-out relievers in Morales and Corpas. It sounds like Tracy is going to let matchups dictate the roles in his bullpen as opposed to designating one guy as the go-to guy. I don’t think he would have played it like this with a healthy Huston Street. I’m all for it, especially if it means less Bettancourt in the 8th. Now if someone could explain to me why Barmes was hitting second last night?
Comment by Rockymountainhigh — May 3, 2010 @ 11:00 am
I think if he were making that decision simply to get his closer the save, he probably would have left him in the game to finish it out and record the statistic. By pulling him once the hard work had been done, it seems like he knew what he was doing.
This was a manager using his closer in a save situation. After getting out of the inning, he made a wise decision not to have him go out back in the 9th, but if he had allowed just 1 run to score is there any question he would have run him back out in the 9th (for a relatively low leverage 3 run save situation)?
Good decision as they have a game tomorrow and if he pitches 1.2innings he’s potentially unavailable for today.
I see this as similar to manager’s bringing their closer in in a 1 or 2 run game in the 8th and then pulling them if they tack on a bunch of runs in the 9th
I don’t remember where I heard / read it from last season, but one manager (quite possibly Tracy) was quoted as insisting that his closer was to be used in the biggest inning, not just the ninth. If your closer is truly the best pitcher in your bullpen then it makes perfect sense to put him in a bases loaded situation in the 7th with no one out and the go ahead run at the plate than to put in a mediocre pitcher to hopefully work around it.
I look forward to Tracy getting out of his set ways this season and actually take managing on himself as opposed to letting his cruise control dictate what happens.