Add Molitor's "managin" to the mix. Paraphrasing today's Tribune "Mauer was rested Sunday because [he] din't want him playing a day game following a night game." WHAT!? Mauer has been on the DL and didn't play Saturday night! I noticed the over-sized bolded comment VARGAS after his HR--why weren't there similar bolded VARGAS after his throwing gaffes?
To reiterate some of my previous comments--substandard defensive play, partially the responsibility of Molitor's over-managing, led to the Astro's win--and Gibson's "poor pitching". Gibson didn't pitch poorly Sunday--he was "stabbed-in-the-back!"
Mauer did play Saturday. And knowing the physical limitations of guys is the #1 priority of a manager. They said pretty clearly Mauer was coming back slightly early and they would not go night to day off the bat. That's actually a plan. So not sure of this criticism.