So, last night in the middle of the complete meltdown of a 9th inning, someone (Sorry,they were using a guest log-in) listed among the complaint of the game, and there are many, that Walt was being too passive. Now, a lot of us have complained a lot about Walt, and while I am one who thinks Walt will be a good manager eventually, he follows “the Book” with regards to relief pitchers too much, for example. Walt is still in his 2nd year managing, and I would argue he might be too much a player’s manager – allowing vets to decide when they will play (CarGo) for example. But I have to say, he actually managed the game Wednesday night as aggressive as he has all year. Yes, with both CarGo and Tulo sitting (I have noticed a lot of teams resting star players with injury history or over 30 on the game before a day off to try and get a long rest for players, so I get rested Tulo…but it made a weak lineup) he had to be aggressive. He pulled Lyles after 5 because Lyles didn’t have it and was at 100 pitches. His choices of relievers last night was solid. He took the chance with the bases-loaded and 0-out to go pull Culberson – and go with CarGo to take advantage of left-on-right. Then used Tulo. And then in the 9th he went to Boone with two lefties coming up – just as we all wanted him to do, even with Hawkins his closer out there (who only gave up the one hit to Revere).
So, while I have complaints about Weiss, was he too passive? Or too aggressive? The guest poster was saying allowing players to hit away with 2-0 and 3-0 counts was part of the passive action. I have heard it a lot lately on interviews with managers, they do not put the stop on 3-0 counts until late in the game, trusting big league hitters to be smart enough to do the right thing. Its part of what you get with hiring recent players to manage – they trust veteran players to be smart and do their job. So, I can see where not putting a hard take on DJ when he had a 3-0 count earlier in the game (and I yelled loud when DJ ground-out on a 3-0 count) was passive. But the rest of the game was managed very aggressive – maybe too much. And really, while the stats show that 2-0 and 3-0 are great hitters counts…I would assume DJ is smart enough to take there…he wasn’t but not a complaint of Walt for me.
But let’s have it out – is Walt too passive? Too aggressive? Or was Walt not the one who left 15 men on and gave up a single and a homer to left-handed hitters (in other words, players have to do their jobs and its too easy to blame the manager in games like this)?