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This is a question maybe more for Joey but I am sure there are plenty of others that will know.How will pitching on 3 days rest in the well documented by ESPN blast furnace of RBIA Summer 2011 affect Santana and Weaver over the remainder of the season?
I thought pitching these two here was a bad idea and I still think it will have lasting consequences. Even Haren looked beat. Go back to the start of the year when Scioscia (Sloth) ran his rotation as much as possible as a 4 man rotation and I just believe at least 1 of these guys will feel the effects.
While we're on the topic of Scioscia errors, why did he take out Downs for a righty and choose to face Chavez instead of Gentry. I haven't looked at the splits on these guys, but I've got to think that you'd rather face Gentry than Chavez, particularly with Downs pitching. Seemed like a mistake by Mike the Great.
Scioscia took out downs to put the righty in to face Gentry. Then Warsh took Gentry out after Scioscia made his move to insert the lefty Chavez in. Chalk that up as Warsh one-upping SLoth as opposed to sloth making a dumb decision. What makes me more angry is that it was almost like ESPN was recruiting against any player ever wanting to sign in Texas by doing their complain fest about the heat. Pieces of crap.
ESPN blows, and Mike Scioscia is anything but a sloth. Look at the Angels' team logically. They have been hit by injuries, and their starting rotation has in flux. The only 3 consistent starters have been Haren, Weaver, and Santana. Yet, they're only 3 games behind of the Rangers. Oh and that's not even mentioning how unproductive their offense is especially their highest paid player.
Mike Scioscia is a beast, but then again, I don't know how much of the manager's decisions actually factors into wins.
Trey, I know that Wash responded to Scioscia's move, but Scioscia should've known that would happen. He knew Chavez was on the bench. By taking out Downs and putting in the righty, he effectively chose the matchup. It was a mistake in my opinion. Wash did the right thing in response, but it would've coaching malpractice not to put Chavez in.
i agree RFan, Sloth should have known that Wash would have gone with the better hitting player (Chavez) when he brought the righty in. Adding even more insult to injury, he replaced his best reliever (Downs) for essentially a better matchup for the Rangers. Big blunder by Scoscia IMO.
You can't always tell about Wash and 'The Book of Baseball.' The night prior Wash left Murphy to bat when Torrealba has been on a tear at bat. Murphy hit into a DP ending the potential rally. That is the 'Wild Weasel' effect of Wash's Gut. You never know what book Wash is working from. I sometimes think that guy has chicken bones and a VooDoo Princess in his office. Wash is a skosh undependable when it comes to predicting his behavoir.
At the same time, by taking out Gentry you take out the Rangers best defensive outfielder. Warsh sacrificed defense for offense, and won. Sloth had to know there was a chance, but Sloth probably bought Warsh's company line regarding 'Pitching and Defense.' It bit him this time.
@stfudg we all realize that Scioscia is a big reason the Angels have been pesky. Sloth is an observation on his facial features and expressions and a freaking JAB at him.He also has been in error on a few things not the least of which choosing Mathis over Napoli and I still think long term this decision to play Weaver and Santana on three days wrest was a good one. It is not just about this series at this point. There is another month of ball to be played.
Scoiascia's (dang, his name is hard to spell) tactical qualifications are vastly overrated. That said, he made a tough call by going with his guys on short rest. I don't think there is really good data out there to tell us if it was the right move or not. All the evidence is anecdotal, which is to say it's untrustworthy. If these guys are bad in their next outing, everybody will pile on Scoia.... On the other hand, if they had gone with the regular rotation, dropped the Saturday game and won Sunday, everybody would pile on him for letting Saturday get away. It's one of those things. If you have a deep rotation, you seem a lot smarter because you don't have to make these tough calls.
Now, thankfully that is over. I will never defend that smug SOB again. It was just a one time thing.
@BS (BadSpellR) - Such is the life of an MLB Manager. When Ron makes a decision that works, he is rarely heralded. When it fails? He is the goat. It's the old catch 22. Same applies for Scoscia, etc., etc.And when a manager makes a bad personal decision, i.e. LaRussa and his DUI, etc. They are fair game. Is it fair? No, but it comes with the territory, and they know what they are getting into.
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