-lancasterBy the way, someone asked Narron after the game whether he'd considered starting Michalak instead. He said he got about 30 minutes of sleep last night, mostly pondering that question.
"Knowing what we had in the bullpen, I really felt better with Ramirez starting and being picked up by Michalak than the other way around, and that is what I stayed up all night tossing and turning about. I really felt like we had a better chance of winning with Michalak picking up Ramirez."
If you know you're going to use both of them, that approach makes sense to me. You know EZ's confidence is shot, but you give him a chance, figuring maybe the change in routine with pitching last night jump-starts him. When it doesn't, you've got a guy you know you can use for a number of innings behind him. If you start Michalak and he gets drilled, you wouldn't have much confidence that EZ would hold down the fort.
It does make sense........