I See that Leyland is at it Again
Say what you want about Gardy's managing skills, but just be thankful that you aren't a fan of the Tigers or White Sox. Tonight, leading 2-0, Jim Leyland decided to let Verlander pitch the ninth inning. Verlander was approaching 100 pitches. Verlander gave up two singles, walked a guy, and then uncorked a wild pitch allowing a run to score. With Longoria coming up, and right after throwing 100 pitches, you gotta remove Verlander, right? Not if you're Leyland. Longoria singled to tie the score. NOW he takes Verlander out of the game. This practice of Leyland to leave Verlander in games after he's pitched 100, 110, 115, even 120 pitches is quite common. Yes, it worked out really well last year but should a manager be having his ace, a guy that's in the middle of a 5 year, $20M a year contract, regularly throw 110-120 pitches?
As for the White Sox, Ozzie Guillen was a loudmouthed, incompetent drunk. Twins fan should mourn his moving to the National League. But, oh well, the Sox have got Robin Ventura at the helm, a guy that has no previous experience as a coach or a manager.