Re: Soo...Could Tonight Have Gone Any WORSE??
Lots of people seem fixated on the EE/RA situation which most have caluated could "cost" us 1-2 games if EE doesn't play. That is, if everything works out as predicted.
People love to gripe about age. Another total non issue. If they are winning I don't give a crap how old people are.
Clayton gets hammered and he should because he is horrible. I personally applogize to anybody who said he was horrible and I replied with "I don't know, if he brings good defense he's worth it". But one does not have to be clever to figure out that Clayton is a problem thus far.
Narron's weakness that I think will infact hurt the team by way more than "1-2" games is his use of the pitching staff. We are reaping the benefits of it now. He rode BA hard in the early part of the season and now it seems to be effecting him. AH has still pitched well but not nearly as "crisply" as earlier. (That's my perception). I'd love to see some statistical work of BA's effectiveness in the later part of the season. If it shows he does infact "get tired" then Narron is 100% to blame as those stats and history are readily availble. All of the times BA was left in (like for complete game losses) just to eat up innings should have been avoided no matter how crappy the bullpen is. You don't use up one guy because the other guys suck.
If BA can't get it together you can forget EE/RA's measly "1-2" games. The deficit will be much larger. Lizzard may be able to carry some of the slack but I don't see Milton and the 5th starter to be named later stepping up.
He handling of the bullpen has been horrible but that was masked by the fact the bullpen itself was horrible. He's too late to pull the starter and doesn't have the feal for when a guy doesn't have it. Last night he made a lot of switches so maybe his confidence in the new guys will help with this issue. But if he continues to stick with the starter that "one batter too many" then we got big problems.
The use of the pitching staff is a real issue IMO that I think deserves much more of our attention, statiscall research and analysis.
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I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate