Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
"Genius" Narron left Bray in the game too long in the seventh, which is why the bases were loaded when he brought Majewski in.
Narron also burned through the bullpen on Saturday, which is why he considered Cormier and Weathers "unavailable" on Sunday.
And I don't consider tanking a game to preserve the arm of Cormier (only 36 IP this season) "genius" at all.
Daugherty paints Narron as the victim of circumstance, but in reality he's responsible for putting himself in those circumstances.
I agree with everything you just said. And I guess he didn't think that game mattered either.
It sure wasn't "genius" to know that Majic would not get the job done in the next inning of a very close game, one the Reds needed to win. Majewski's track record as a Red should be very clear to Jerry Narron; at the very least, he could have had someone warming in the pen anticipating Majewski's meltdown (I think he's the only person who didn't know it was going to happen).
Yes, Gary Majewski needs to pitch, but not in a close game... at least not until his command returns, if it ever does. If he really felt the need to use him, he should have brought him in earlier... again based on his track record... because then the Reds would have had more time to try to undo the damage that GM was 99.9 per cent certain to create.
Cormier and Weathers have pitched a lot lately, but only in small doses... an inning here, two innings there. They should be able to handle one more. Plus, had JN taken the initiative to have Todd Coffey warming up when GM took the mound, perhaps the damage in that late inning could have been minimized.
GM needs a rest; he was worked hard in Washington. JN needs to give more thought to his decisions.