The day in Fredi

Sorry for the lack of an open thread today. Didn’t get to watch the game, either, and I’m grateful.

Judging by Mark Bradley’s account of the Bravos’ sixth loss in seven games, Fredi was in fine form.

But then they came to the game’s final out, when Gonzalez thought too far ahead.

The right-handed Matt Diaz, who was hitting .120 against righties, was allowed to bat against Orioles closer Jim Johnson. With left-handed hitters Brian McCann and Eric Hinske available, why not deploy one? Gonzalez’s reasoning: He planned to pinch-hit McCann for David Ross if both Diaz and Heyward reached, and if Hinske had been used in Diaz’s slot there was a chance the pitcher’s spot could roll around with the tying run at third and nobody to hit except Tim Hudson, who’s a pitcher.

The counterpoint: If Diaz makes an out, all points are moot. And it should be noted that Gonzalez had sacrificed the left-handed Juan Francisco in the eighth not because Jack Wilson is a better hitter — Wilson isn’t a better hitter than many people in the big leagues — but because he hits right-handed and the O’s had just summoned lefty Troy Patton. (Wilson popped to first.)

You read that correctly — Fredi used Jack Wilson, who, as a Brave, has a lower OPS than Pat Rockett, as a pinch hitter. Meanwhile, the team’s hottest hitter doesn’t get an AB.

The evidence mounts.


9 thoughts on “The day in Fredi

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  1. He has absolutely no sense of urgency. It’s why the idea that Kimbrel could have gotten us out of the jam with the Yankees (and not necessarily have to stay in to finish the game) never even crossed his pea brain.

  2. As has been said on here before – Gonzalez has Bobby’s weaknesses without any of his strengths.

  3. I hadn’t read the Bradley column or the postgame comments until a little while ago. They actually whistled and yelled to Randall when he started to go from the windup rather than the stretch. What the fuck kind of amateurish, slipshod operation are they running there? Distract your rookie pitcher at THAT precise moment?

    Wouldn’t have thought it possible but I’m madder now than I was today.

  4. I saw that too Pepe, that Fredi yelled at Delgado causing him to balk in the 2nd run. Not that it mattered in the end result but still a pretty dumb thing to do.

  5. Not only did he yell at Delgado AS HE IS STARTING HIS WINDUP…Like that helps? Fredi has the nerve to blame the balk on a rookie mistake and not his own dumb yelling. Lets see…
    1. He never seems to take blame for a bad mistake
    2. He never admits to second guessing himself
    3. He is not a good tactician
    4. He does not do a good job of putting his guys in a position to succeed
    5. He under utilizes his assets during a game always seeming to leave the best available guy for the next inning that never happens. He is always coaching with a what-if in mind.
    6. He is not a fiery manager that argues with umps, sticks up for his players or seems to do anything in game to get the teams energy up
    7. He is often not on the same page with the GM
    8. And finally he has a massive inability to get his team out of a team wide funk which leads to prolonged losing streaks.

    Most of this is pretty obvious if you ask me. It is time to move on. Fredi needs to go. This team has gone backwards since his arrival despite having great talent. And though it is certainly not all his fault. Starting with a new manager (and a new pitching coach if you ask me) is a good start.

  6. I have always felt that a baseball manager doesn’t make that much of a difference, but clearly there are reasons Earl Weaver and Sparky Anderson are in the Hall of Fame and Preston Gomez and Eddie Haas are not.

    What we have seen on the field over the last few weeks could be a team that has lost confidence in itself. Fredi’s insecurity makes him deflect all the blame.

    Bobby Cox came from the Ralph Houk school, in which all the credit goes to the players, and all the blame is the manager’s. Fredi needs to take a few lessons.

  7. I was “watching” the game on GameTracker, and when Francisco was lifted for Jack Wilson, I was wondering whether Francisco’s OPS against lefties could possibly be worse than Wilson’s. (I just checked, and, of course, Francisco is 50 points better in OPS against lefties than Wilson.) Had Fredi managed the ’61 Yankees, he’d have been pinch-hitting Hector Lopez for Roger Maris to get a righty vs. lefty matchup.

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