Originally Posted by junkhead
Don't compare Leyland with Baker.
Contrary to his looks of a grumpy old-school baseball man, he's a sabermetric-minded manager who used Cabrera as a #2 hitter.
False. He did that one game, and it had nothing to do with sabrmetrics, he did to move Jackson down in the lineup to "get him going". Once Jackson got 3 hits in that game he immediately moved Jackson back to the lead off spot (exactly what Dusty would do) If that were the case why did he immediately revert to batting Cabrera 3rd? This may be true if he ever did it before, but this was literally the first time.
Why does he insist on playing Don Kelly every opportunity he gets? Why did he take Jhonny Peralta out of the game in the 6th inning? Why does he consistently allow his best pitchers to throw 120+ pitches? Max Schzerzer had 17 (!) starts this year where he threw over 107 pitches. Why did he not pitch his closer in the 7th or 8th inning on Saturday? He once gave Edgar Renteria 550 PA's even though he had a .699 OPS because "he was a veteran."