Re: Dunn removed in close game, Dusty strikes again
I usually hate when Dusty removes Dunn, but that is the smart play in that situation.
You have to score the tying run first, and then worry about who is batting where later.
Dunn probably would have scored anyway, but there is no way to know what would have happened in that inning. You can't think backwards like that. The only way to judge strategy is to ask what was the best thing to do at the time the move was made. Dunn is a below average baserunner, and he represents the tying run. I would pinch run for him every time.
You have to put yourself in the best situation to tie the game first and foremost.
There were a ton of reasons why the Reds lost this game, bad umpiring, bad base running, bad pitching, bad defense. It is beyond absurd to blame this loss on Dusty.
I promise you that if I watched every Red Sox game or every Braves game, I could find just as many "mistakes" with Francona and and Cox as you do with Dusty. Finding single decisions in every game by a manager that don't pan out is as fool's errand.