04-01-2014, 08:08 PM #41
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But I completely agree with your second theory about making a move for the sake of making a move, and it's definitely not just Gardy. Time and again it seems managers will call for a sac or steal when the out is more valuable, bring in a pinch runner or hitter who is only a tiny bit better, or make a pitching change that gives the platoon advantage yet is a net wash.
Why? Out of the perfectly understandable desire to 'do something'. The feeling is that if you're not making moves, you're not really managing, you're just watching the game from a really awesome seat. Nothing could be further from the truth, but it's easy to see how it can happen.
04-01-2014, 09:10 PM #42
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IMO the best move for that spot, in decending order:
1. PH Pinto
2. PH Bartlett
3. Leave Florimon in
4. PH Kubel
5. PH Escobar
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04-02-2014, 08:34 AM #43
Perhaps this was mentioned in the last dozen or so posts that I skipped past, but what about a double switch?
Pinto in for Florimon and Escobar in for Suzuki.
Of course, I would immediately counter with, "but Suzuki is up two batters later, what's the point?" Perhaps, then, that points more to a failure of lineup construction.
IF you plan on Catching Suzuki regularly (especially against lefties)
IF you plan on playing Florimon regularly
IF Pinto will regularly be your best RH bat off the bench (always going to be him or Cola', right?)
Then you need to construct your lineup differently. Suzuki needs to bat soon before Florimon in the order, not soon after.
That way, if Suzuki gets on base and Florimon comes up, you can PR Escobar or Bartlett for Suzuki and PH Pinto for Florimon.
If, lets say Florimon comes up first in the inning, you can do that same thing (without the Pinch Runner) and you've at least "burried" your inferior batting Suzuki replacement much further away in the batting order that inning.
Last edited by amjgt; 04-02-2014 at 08:50 AM. Reason: for clarity
04-02-2014, 09:33 AM #44
Expounding on that just a little....
Once Hicks proves his worthiness and gets moved up to 1st or 2nd in the order, this might take care of itself.
That would probably slot Suzuki 7th in the order, which, in the above scenario, is right where he should be.
Who's currently our emergency catcher? (I assume Mauer isn't allowed to even own a catchers mask at this point) Escobar? Bartlett?