Monday, June 14, 2010
Why the revolving Lineups?
Now onto today's issue. Is anyone besides me tired of seeing a different lineup every game? Let the talent play. That's why they are starters. I'm all for giving a guy a day off every now and then, but how can John Russell expect his regulars to hit with any type of consistency when they aren't playing consistently? You don't need to keep your bench guys real fresh when they don't produce
It often appears that JR is picking his lineup out of a hat. Guys like Crosby and Aki don't need regular AB's. The other thing that drives me crazy is that every time someone seems to be going good for a couple days, he finds himself on the bench.
Clement started swinging the bat good, hitting the ball hard and suddenly he didn't play for four days. Delwyn Young goes 2-4 with a homer and double then doesn't play. This has happened all season. I'm surprised he has the sense to keep writing Cutch's name in there everyday. This is not the way to handle young players, especially when the team isn't going anywhere.
Suddenly, the conspiracy theorists are out. Now we hear that Neil Huntington is telling JR who to play everyday. I can't believe this is happening, or the Pirates are in much worse shape than even I thought. I don't think either guy looks at scouting reports or anything. I truly believe JR is just guessing everyday and hoping he gets lucky with the right eight guys.
Also I've heard Huntington is sabotaging the team. For what? To cost himself his job? While I've been very happy with the guys he's brought in via trade the guys he brought in via free agency haven't been so good. To his defense, he wasn't going after good free agents, he was going after cheap bodies to fill spots. he was hoping to get lucky with a guy or two the same way he did with Garrett Jones. Now isn't the time anyways to load up with free agents. It is the time though to see exactly what you have with some of these guys and you can't do that by not playing them.
It's a little to late to be tanking it. Don't give them that much credit. If they were that smart, we would have David Price, Steven Strasburg and Bryce Harper as well. The fact is that they are trying to win. It's taking some time, but I'm still liking what I see down on the farm.
Russell has tried everything from batting the pitcher 8th to moving Cutch all around the order. I really believe JR is out of options and just flipping the coin on guys.
To JR's defense (and that will be the only time those words will EVER come out of my mouth), his third baseman has 12 RBI's in the middle of June and his current right fielder having 17. His five bench guys have a total of 46 so it doesn't get much better.
Right now this lineup stinks after the first 4 hitters. However, he has to keep playing Laroche and Milledge. Sitting them down every other game doesn't help one bit.
While it's true JR doesn't have the talent right now and maybe he should get the chance to see this rebuild through, I'm still not convinced he's the man for the job. Pull the trigger on his job and bring in a more established manager like a Willie Randolph or a Phil Garner. This just is flat out not working.