Originally Posted by Lockdwn11
To be fair that pitcher is hitting close to .400 and the reasoning he gave for not hitting Rolin made sense to me. First base was open and they would have just walked him and you would have wasted your best bat off the bench.
That makes sense?
So you believe....
#1 Leake is actually going to be close to a .400 hitter for his career or anywhere near the hitter of Rolen or Phillips (see the next points)
#2 The Phils would actually walk Rolen to get to Phillips and put the tying run at the plate.
#3 and therefore you still would take Leake hitting with 1 on vs. Phillips hitting with 2 on with the possibility of tying up the game. You know, a guy who had already tripled off of Blanton in that very game vs. a pitcher who has 1 extra base hit in his entire career.
Heck, if Leake is so good vs. a guy like Rolen or anyone else on the bench, his ass should be pinch hitting more.
I actually think less of Dusty now after that explanation. It actually combines the base clogging belief with the stupidity of having the pitcher hit.
Seriously, that actually makes sense to you? Really?
Although I guess it was a good thing he saved Rolen for later in the game to pinch hit. Oh wait, he never did use him. Another Dusty peeve. He saves guys who would be very useful at the time for just in case scenarios that never occur.
Don't get me wrong, I think Dusty is actually good for the clubhouse atmosphere, but he is one of the worst in game managers in baseball.