(I'd post this as a followup to a yehoshua
post, or just rant at him about it on IRC, but I haven't heard a peep out of him all day.)
Dear Grady Little:
Wakefield wasn't exactly stellar last time out... so what on God's green earth gave you the impression that shuffling the order and starting him on short rest could possibly
be a good idea? Yes, Fossum has been struggling, but I've seen no evidence that an extra day's rest will help him more than it obviously hurt Wake.
Also... you're playing by NL rules this week. I don't care how
much you want to avoid a double switch (knowing that the pitcher is due up first next inning). If the pitcher on the mound, a fresh callup who has averaged (much) less than two innings per outing in AAA, has just given up a go-ahead homer and is struggling to put the ball over the plate with men in scoring position during his second inning of relief, you take him out of the game
. At least then it's still close, and you have an offense that is capable of making up a run in the next three innings. Keeping Almonte in the game until he has given up five
runs, and having to make the double switch anyway
, is not the correct solution.
I'm not exactly down with this "start Lowe on short rest Sunday" plan, either. Ok, it's either him or Kim, but I can't imagine that throwing Lowe off his routine just as he's finally
gotten it together on the road is a good idea. At this stage, I think Kim could bounce back from a bad outing more easily than Lowe.
Our pitching staff is already broken enough, Grady. Stop trying to fix it. Please.