Tonight with the two lefties coming up, it was either him or Chapaman. And I am not one of those guys who feels you bring in Chapman in every game. You have to look at the big picture.
The real answer is that he's still far from 100%, and he should have been put on the DL until he was ready.
He could have brought Chapman or Marshall in for the last couple of hitters. Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight is priceless.
The main worrying thing is we're starting to dig ourselves a whole that will be hard to get out of. These are the kinds of games that the manager is supposed to win for you, in the sense of tactical awareness and execution. You can't get it right all the time, but you have to get it right most of the time if you hope to be near the top at the end of the season.
Dusty seems to have an extra-inning approach as an incremental increase in the ability of our pitching, so if we got to the 13th or 14th inning we'd finally see Chapman or Marshall. In the meantime, opponents are shutting us down and we are giving up game-winning SFs and wild pitches from Bray and Simon. It's a hard call, and easy to be an expert online, I realize, but it just seems as if we are being outclassed tactically late on.
It has been a hideous start. I don't think anyone can dispute that sad fact. But I still like the starting pitcher match-ups the next two games. And leaving St. Louis only two games back would be close to a miracle. It can be done though.
This team has no chance of making the playoffs unless it adds a bat.
Timing is everything in both sports and life. I wonder if Walt knew for certain that he was gonna pick up Noodles on waivers if he would not have pulled the trigger on the Francisco-Hoover deal. Or maybe the Reds were fed up with Francisco and he gonna get moooo-ved anyway for showing up as fat as a cow.