Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I guess. Like I said, I understand the argument and I'm not totally against it.
It's the old saw that a project slips one day at a time. It was a game where winning was in the balance but there were other agendas at play besides winning this game. It was an L that didn't necessarily have to be an L and its one you can't get back. Sure its April and there is time to make it up, but I really don't like that argument. Do everything you can to win the ones you have a shot at because too many happen where you don't have that shot.
If you truly managed a team based on your "best chance" to win a game, you'd have your best relievers burnt out by July, yes?
I understand high and low leverage situations and being selective about how pitchers are managed. But when you get to extra innings and your bullpen has already gone four innings and knowing you'll wind up with nine days without a day off before the stretch of games are over with, you kind of lose the selectivity.
The Reds need to find out about Simon. I'd rather they do so in April, especially during a period of nine consecutive days where they'll have to count on him for some high-leverage innings, than burning out their best arms and then finding out in July. I'm not ready to write the guy off. His stuff is filthy. Even today, I didn't get the sense the Nationals were going to get another hit off him. Unfortunately they didn't need to. My point though is that the guy throws some devastating pitches. I hope the Reds stick with him... contrary to the tenor of this thread, it might well pay off.