Re: Dusty, PLEASE
Also, don't pinch-hit McDonald for Nix, when McDonald is .090 points worse than Nix. I know you see other managers do it, and want to fit in, but righty-lefty does not trump all things in baseball. That cost us anywhere from 0-3 runs.
Also, get a pulse for your starting pitcher. It's okay to allow your relievers a full, clean inning all to themselves. Volquez was over 90 pitches yesterday, and, although he was pitching pretty good, had given up lots of hard-hit balls. That one inning cost us two runs, and thus, the game.
Lastly, why is Hairston bunting in the 10th? I understand the concept of the bunt, but how about being flexible, and rolling with the hot bat? He already had two hits on the day, and had just hit a home run in his previous AB. If you let him swing away, maybe he laces a gapper, and the Reds sweep. If he grounds into a DP, oh well. Bruce would still be up with a runner on 3rd. I know Hairston should have gotten the bunt down, but he shouldn't have been asked to do it. Think outside the box. This cost us anywhere from 0-3 runs, also.
Dusty makes me want to pull my hair out at times, but he has been better than the last few chaps at the helm. I'll give him that.
He did make a couple of smart moves yesterday, as well - the double-switch to get Votto in the game was a nicely timed move that definitely paid a lot of dividends. And calling on Owings at the perfect time was beautiful.
Sorry for the day-late rant, but I was at the game yesterday, and could not find the game thread from yesterday.
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