This was a horrible decision, unless it was a game 7 of a post-season series or the last game of the season.For 2 reasons:
-Enns had gas in his tank. He threw 50 pitches, he was good for another 50 or so.He was throwing strikes (70% of them) and allowed only 1 earned run into the third inning and the Twins had a 6-2 lead.This is not a message you want to send to a young pitcher.He needs to learn how to get out of those jams in the major league. He was ahead 6-2 and the Twins' win expectation was 74% when he was taken out.Santana has been in similar situations and was not taken out.So has Santiago, so has Hughes.Cannot tread your pitchers differently.That gives the wrong message
- You have another series starting the next day.You are up 6-2 with a 74% win probability.You cannot afford to burn your pen that is not that good to begin with.If Gibby pitches a dud today, the Twins do not have the options they should have in the pen, and the whole series gets jeopardized.
You play to win series at this point of the season, not single games.
Really? A horrible decision?
I was watching the game. Enns had become pathetic. A fifth grade soccer player could see that. Even Molitor saw it. I suppose if I was peering down at some meaningless and completely irrelevant statistics instead of watching the guy pitch, I might have been in favor of letting the guy stay in to give up a bunch of runs.
The message I want my manager to send to his young pitchers is that you'll get yanked when you need to get yanked, period. We save our hugs for after the games.
I have no clue what this fairness doctrine is that motivated you to bring up Santana, Santiago or Hughes. Is there some Advanced Fairness Metric out there now? I want a manager who can see what's happening and make a call. I sure hope we never have some guy managing the club who looks down at some statistic instead of asking his catcher, observing himself, and pulling a guy who's about to get rocked.
BTW, if Gibby pitches a dud not only does the manager have numerous fresh arms, but he's got yesterday's win in his back pocket. WIn the game, win the series. Win-win.