Re: 9/10/2012 Pirates at Reds
Pirates Hurdle defended decision to lift Rodriguez: “He was pretty much done.” Wandy disagreed, saying …
“I felt pretty good tonight and I think I could’ve finished that inning,” said Rodriguez (89 pitches in 6.2 IP). “But (Hurdle) made his decision.”
Hurdle said he did not like the matchup of Rodriguez against Navarro, who bats 20 points better against lefties. “(Rodriguez) was probably only going to get one more hitter, anyway, so I decided to make the move now,” Hurdle said. “It’s the second-worst feeling for a manager when you make that move and it doesn’t work. The worst one is when you leave the pitcher in and the guy hits a home run.” In 8 starts with Pirates, Rodriguez has gone over 100 pitches 3 times and is averaging 95.6 pitches per outing. He went 100-plus pitches in 8 of his 21 starts for Astros.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."