Re: 4-17 Reds @StL
Originally Posted by MikeThierry
I never understood why managers do this. You guys have two awesome guys in the pen and they don't get used. One thing I think TLR was ahead of the game compared to a lot of managers is that he would bring in his closer if the game is on the line, regardless of the situation. I'm glad Matheny has adopted this same philosophy. I'm shocked that more managers do not use "closers" in situational circumstances more than they do.
You generally don't bring in your closer in a tie game on the road. You need to save him to pitch the final half inning in case your team scores in the top. Even LaRussa followed the rule most of the time.
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