I rarely second-guess, as I have always felt that with second-guessing you are never wrong and there’s no way to know what would have happened anyway. However, after last night debacle, I am compelled to ask this question of Don Mattingly:
“What on God’s Green Earth Were You Thinking When You Took Fausto Carmona, er’ Roberto Hernandez out of the game?”
Roberto had a rough first inning and then went into “Kershaw Mode” and was mowing down the Brewers like a stack of dominoes in front of a child. He had only thrown 64 pitches and the Dodgers were ahead.
Oh, I guess it was because he has such a good bullpen, right? Oh wait, the 7th and 8th inning men are crap.
What were you thinking, Donnie?
And then you bring in a pitcher for each batter. What were you trying to do – make it so that you have no pitchers left if you go to extra innings?
OK, so you didn’t leave Hernandez in, but why then bring in Wright and let him pitch to just one hitter? WHY, WHY, WHY???
That move was indefensible FELONY STUPID!
Don’t do it again! You don’t need a PHD in Mistakes! Geeeeezzzzzz!
Oh, I have one final jab – Are Ellis and Butera trying to hit .400 (combined BA’s)? They may make it, but I wouldn’t bet on it!