Unfortunately the manager was still the same. Still cannot fathom how he thought it was a good idea to bunt with his #2 batter, thus taking the bat out of the best hitter in baseball.
Absolutely fireable offense
Was it a bad decision? Yes. Was it a fireable offense? No. Can a manager make a "fireable offense" in an April game? Not likely.
And when the Reds lose in the playoffs because or even miss the playoffs because of Dusty Baker, you let me know. We're 3 years into your timeline, and you can't make an argument that's happened.
Don't bunt - You need a hit by either Phillips or Votto to score the run.
Bunt - You need Heisey to just make decent contact to score a run.
I would hope that the odds are higher that Heisey makes contact than that either Votto or Phillips get a hit.
Also, bunting eliminates a double play, which Phillips seems to lead the world in.
One can disagree with the move, but it actually was a good play based on the odds.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Was it his fault we got swept by the Phillies?
Maybe with a better manager last year we would have been able to afford losing Joey Votto and actually play better while he was out? Oh you mean we did that under Dusty? Oh.
The Reds played a 12 inning game today and had 3 hits. THREE hits in 12 innings. They didn't have a single run scoring hit. Do we blame the players? Nah, it's Dusty's fault!
Pretty sure Votto had a guy on 3rd with less than 2 outs at one point tonight and failed to get him home. I say we spend 5 pages discussing that.
I'm not a huge Dusty guy but to rip him this bad after 1 of 162 games is silly in my opinion. Dusty made that decision to bunt and instead of needing a hit to win the game the Reds were in a situation where a now four year player just needed to make decent contact and the Reds win the game. An argument can absolutely be made for Phillips to hit but the percentages probably slightly lean towards Dustys decision, actually. It's fine. The Reds have a good team.
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It's obvious no progress has been made with certain players, and taking the bat out of your players that actually give you a chance to score runs is ridiculous.