Originally Posted by medford
My guess, is that in baseball, it just doesn't make that much of a difference in any single 1 game. Its not like the oppossing manager is going to alter his starting pitcher or lineup w/ Brandon in there or not. The Red's lineup is available before game time, even if he wanted to make adjustments, and the oppossing manager is probably assuming Brandon is available to pinch hit if called upon.
I doubt it can really have an effect on the outcome of the game, and I guess the fact that the closer is a lefty in Marshall could effect the situation, but there could come a situation where the opposing manager knows there is no lefty down in the pen for the Reds, so he can safely send up a lefty pinch hitter to face a righty. Again, not extremely important, but I wouldn't want the opposing manager to have that advantage.