i didnt like the double switch, but since heyward made the last out, and fredi wanted to leave o’flarety in there for a while, it made sense to take out heyward…sort of. i mean. you dont know how long that game was going to go, and fredi was able to preserve at least one arm by doing that.
of course, on the other side of the “you dont know how long the game will go” coin, diaz got 2 ABs in spots where heyward could have been swinging it. toss up, trade off, whatever.
i actually have to give fredi credit because i think his managing this year so far seems to be WAY better than last season. way better. the bullpen, even when to take out the starter, and late inning defense, lineup construction…everything.
I know that it was probably good thinking at the time, but now I’m questioning whether it was a wise move for Fredi to have Minor avoid his throwing session after Wednesday night’s game. Note to Fredi: have your young pitchers keep with their regular throwing routine before heading out to Colorado.
dunno if you all saw this, but catch this Grade AAA smack from Chipper after Moyer accused him of stealing signs…
“I don’t know what the problem was,” Jones said. “I was literally having a conversation with the shortstop when he stepped off and said that. I don’t know why he’s so paranoid. But to be honest with you, every pitch he throws is 78 [mph]. So it’s not like we really have to relay signs.”
I think Bourn is going to have a career year. I don’t know how they are going to replace him next year. It seems like he is having for more and is more comfortable though than he was last year when he got traded here. Its too bad Boras is his agent…
DAP, Fredi does seem to be a little better. The mistakes he’s made seem to be the same ones that probably 90 percent of the managers in the game make this year. But he seems to be playing less “small ball,” which is always good.