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Friday, August 17, 2012
Now, the batter is Weeks with no one on base and two outs. Braun is on deck, and RHP Josh Lindblom is warming up in the bullpen because Braun had hit 2 HRs off Lee already in the game. Weeks was obviously Lee's last batter. Wait, why? Weeks has a .397 career OBP against LHPs; only .336 against RHPs. There's simply no excuse to leave a pitcher with 105 pitches against a hitter with such significant platoon splits, especially when you are planning on removing the pitcher immediately afterwards anyway. Weeks hit the ball hard and induced a throwing error, then Lee was removed. Lindblom walked the first two batters he faced before allowing a grand slam. Had he entered the game facing Weeks with no one on base (instead of entering the game facing Ryan Braun with the tying run in scoring position), it is likely Lindblom would have surrendered zero runs.
Another day, another victory impeded by Manuel, and another opportunity for the press to blame a minor-league pitcher instead of the major-league manager.