Managers don’t win games, they lose them, say those who’ve watched Fredi pilot the Braves.
But tonight’s MVP may have been the Cards’ skipper. The double steal in the 7th was beautiful, but I was even more impressed by Mike Matheny’s decision to let Carlos Martinez complete the 8th. It’s common sense, really — if your pitcher is pitching well, leave him in. But most managers are slave to the match-up.
Best of all, Matheny’s moves came at the expense of the Sox.