BREWERS 4, Astros 3: What The Hell Was That?! | Disciples of Uecker

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I’m told that this was a Major League Baseball game.

I’m told that Major League Baseball managers generally understand strategies, especially with regards to roster management, that should be employed in a major league baseball game.

Therefore, I’m forced to conclude one of the following things.

1) This was not a Major League Baseball game.
2) Major League Baseball managers do not, in fact, understand these strategies.
3) Ken Macha and Brad Mills aren’t Major League Baseball managers.

I’ll take a little of number 2 and a lot of number 3.

Ken Macha pinch hit a pitcher with a career wOBA of .223. He left a catcher – somebody whose career is to hit baseballs – sitting on his bench out of some fear that if George Kottaras got injured, the Brewers season would be over. Casey McGehee is the emergency catcher and was still in the game. Not only that, but he pinch hit Randy Wolf over Yovani Gallardo, who was a career wOBA of .244 AND put up .300+ wOBAs in the minor leagues at every level.

That’s not even the most egregious part of this decision. Randy Wolf swung at the first two pitches. Matt Lindstrom threw just over 50% of his pitches for strikes – and that includes at least 3 pitches out of the zone that Ryan Braun waved at in the bottom of the 9th. Lindstrom was struggling with his control – at least try to work the count a little bit. Wolf should not have been allowed to swing until there was at least one strike, if not two.

Luckily, Matt Lindstrom is not good. He’s legitimately pitched pretty well this season, but he’s been mostly helped by a ridiculous 92% LOB rate, which will tumble once the data is updated tomorrow. ZiPS projects an FIP around 3.70 – which is basically LaTroy Hawkins level. Not terrible, but certainly not a shut down closer. This was Lindstrom’s 3rd multi-inning appearance since 2008. Even if he was going well in the first inning, it seems inadvisable to put him out there for a second, as he threw 19 pitches in the 9th. Given that they were a bad 19 pitches, it seems downright stupid.

Somehow the Brewers won this game, John Axford picked up a well deserved win, and the Brewers finally won a series at home. After all, if a 2-1 series victory at home against the worst team in the league where you outscore them by one run including an extra innings victory can’t turn around a season, what can?


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  1. Mark says: May 27, 2010

    I’ll take a lot of #3 as well. Ken Macha is a fricking idiot. I am fortunately not a Brewers fan, but I watch a lot of games and have never in my life seen somebody manage a game as poorly as he does game after game. And then when he talks about the game, he sounds about as ignorant about baseball as most women. But hey Brewers fans, Mark Attanasio assured you that the manager is not the problem and that the team is just going to “ride it out.” It really is too early to give up on the season, the Brewers are really still alive in the wide open Central, but with Macha as the manager i’m confident when I say that the Brewers have absolutely no hope for the rest of the year. and Bye Bye Prince!

  2. Rob says: May 27, 2010

    I disagree with the point about pinch hitting Gallardo over Wolf. I do not think you can risk having anyone but Gallardo go tomorrow, especially with the patchwork rotation the Crew have put together this season. A hit would have won the game, but if he pulls up lame, what do you do then? Or worse, as you said Lindstrom was having contol issues, Gallardo gets plunked? Not risk worth taking.

    I do agree, however, Macha can not get it done. But I think this falls on Melvin, who refuses to go to Mark Antanasio and say, “we have to eat Suppan’s salary, so we can add a bench player.”

  3. David says: May 28, 2010

    If you are going to have a pitcher hit in that spot, why not let it be Axford? As Jack said, he really should be taking at least a couple pitches, and there is no reason he couldn’t have stood there with the bat on his shoulder and force Lidstrom to throw strikes. It also has the benefit of letting him pitch the following inning (if that had been necessary) and saving a couple arms in the pen.

    I agree it should have been Lucroy, but if it was gonna be a pitcher hitting there, why not Axford?

    • Mark says: May 28, 2010

      You seriously want a guy (Axford) who has never taken a major league at bat to come up and just stand there with the bases loaded in a tie game in the 10th? That makes absolutely no sense. Honestly one of the dumbest things i’ve ever heard.

  4. David says: May 28, 2010

    I also think this discussion being about which pitcher should be at the plate in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded is absurd

  5. davr says: May 28, 2010

    if Macha was simply gonna have Counsel pinch hit earlier to bunt, knowing he was short position players, why didn’t he just send up a pitcher to bunt thus saving Counsel for just such a scenario as the brewers had in the tenth?

  6. Rob says: May 28, 2010

    It wasn’t at Yost having Shouse walk Ryan Howard to face Burrell level but its close.


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