Originally Posted by Captain13
I don't think anyone is disputing that, but to save these guys for save situations only seems silly. And to save them for the ninth inning only is crazy rediculous. At least Joe Torre got that and would bring Mariano in early if the situation arose for a four, five, or even six out save. I never understood why a manager would leave in a lesser reliever in a "high leverage" situation when your closer is on the bench.
Try this on for size and think what the majority of managers would do: One out in the bottom of the 8th, runners on first and third up 6-4 and the 3 and 4 hole hitters due up. It seems to me, most managers would go LOOGY or righty-righty matchup and pray to get out of the inning so the closer can face the bottom of the order in the 9th. Even if your closer can't go 1 2/3 very often one could bring him in for the tougher outs and if it takes too many pitches use the other guy for the bottom of the order with nobody on base.
I agree, managers could certainly do a better job with strategy when it comes to high leverage situations. Luckily, I think the Reds have enough quality bullpen arms where Dusty can be stubborn in using his closer only in a closing situation and it doesn't often hurt us TOO much (although it certainly has at some points). As you mentioned, Torre in particular seemed to do a good job of managing his pen.