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Monday, September 15, 2008

Ned is amusing

No, I'm not dead. Flemington Engineering has been stock-piling me with work recently. For what it's worth, I saw most of each game in this past series, and am quite delighted with how much worse Ned Yost is than Charlie Manuel. Musser and I were talking about how if we were Brewers fans, we probably would be on our way to a life sentence right about now. The man must be a certified lunatic the way he treated this past series.

Following the Friday cancellation, it should have been aparent that the Brewers have either officially given up this year, or have an overall poor approach to winning games. The Philadelphia Inquirer printed this:

At 4 p.m. yesterday, Yost indicated that Sabathia would not pitch if rain forced a game Monday. He would stay on turn and pitch an important game against the Cubs on Tuesday night. Early last night, however, Yost seemed to concede that Sabathia could have been a Monday possibility when he said, "They could have had their best guy on full rest and we could have had ours."

So what you're saying is that you don't want your best pitcher to pitch in the closest race that you are currently in. Now, instead of having a really legitimate shot at a 2 game lead in the Wild Card, the Brewers are tied with the Phillies, and 7.5 GB the Cubs. I don't forsee the Cubs collapsing, so that race is pretty much as good as done.

So first, we have the Brewers manager focusing on the less crucial race at the time. I mean at the time when he proclaimed Sabathia just would not face the Phillies, he still had reason to believe the Brewers might win 1 or 2 of the following games. This great planning was soon followed by a disastrous Sunday.

With the 1st game of the doubleheader tied in the 8th, Brian Shouse (lefty) was on the mound scheduled to face (presumably) Chase Utley and Ryan Howard with 0 out and Jayson Werth on first. Utley sacrificed Werth to second on the first pitch making it man on 2nd with 1 out bringing Ryan Howard (not so hot vs. lefties) to the plate. What occurs at this point is completely mind boggling. The Brewers intentionally walk Howard to bring up Burrell. Normally this wouldn't be se bad, but the Brew Crew intentionally pitched around a guy who stinks against lefties, to face a righty that is pretty damn good against opposite handed pitchers. It would be safe to assume that Yost would bring in a righty to face Burrell, but this assumption was smashed with a sledge hammer and splattered all over everyones' shocked and (in philly) delighted faces. Burrell got an RBI single off Shouse, and Yost still hadn't had enough. Shouse faced Victorino and gave up a 3-run home run to all but seel the deal (not secure in Charlie's mind as was proven by the use of Lidge).

This, ladies and gentlemen, was the equivalent of Manuel telling JC Romero, the ultimate LOOGY, to intentionally walk Marlon Anderson to face David Wright. If this ever happens, I will probably need to be sedated.

After the afternoon game, the Brewers had lost 3 games in a row, and only had a 1 game lead in the wild card. One would think that Yost might consider changing the pitcher for the last game (maybe even Sabathia himself, overwhelmed with desire to try to save his team, would ask for the ball). He didn't. It was a terrible decision, and now the two teams are tied for the wild card spot. God willing, when the season is over, hopefully the Brewers can pinpoint this weekend as the ultimate demise or their post season hopes. Terrible managing, or as we look at it, a good muse.


Anonymous said...

Great work on yost. Love the blog. Pretty funny article here about yost, but not as statistically moving.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot the link.