Today in the 9th Dotel entered the game. RHB have a BA of .158 vs Dotel. LHB are .458 against him. Lou bats Fontenot for Marmol and he grounds out. Castro takes a walk and Fukudome who batted for Dempster triples. Now we have the tying run on 3rd and only one out. Theriot who had struck out the only two times he's faced Dotel is allowed to hit. Why not a LHB. Well, it seems we're out of LHB because we used one to pinch run with two outs. Is that good managing knowing that Dotel will be pitching in the 9th?
Theriot is 5-32, .156 with only one walk leading off the game. Is there any justification that he remain as #1 in the lineup?
Ramirez has an OPS+ of 28 and Lee has an OPS+ of 78. Is there justification they remain in the middle of the lineup?
Fukudome has a .419 OBP, Soto .459 and Castro .464. Does it make sense to get them as many AB as possible? Do they belong at the bottom of the order?
Soriano has an OPS of 1.024, Soto .954 OPS, Byrd .976 OPS and Fukudome .960 OPS. Wouldn't it be wise to hit them towards the middle?
Baker has a .212 BA, Nady .174 BA and Hill .214 BA. How often should they start? Granted that Hill is an excellent defensive catcher. However, he has an OPS+ of 48 with the Cubs.
What can you do, Lou? Follow the numbers. Tell the guys making multimillion dollars per year to check their egos in the locker room. No, you can't hit for them. But you can put the players that have been producing in a better spot than you have. It's not like sending a man to the moon. It wouldn't hurt to bring back Tracey while he's red hot and also Fuld for Nady. It's embarrassing to watch us send a disabled RF out and expect the best simply because he's had success in the past. I doubt we have a chance at even a wild card spot, but each day you throw your hands up in the air and plead you are powerless enables this leaderless team to under perform. Obviously a happy clubhouse is over rated. But at least don't bail on the players like you did in Tampa Bay. By the way, that team now has the best record in the majors.