Agree with most of this. Just a nitpick— there was no reason Baldelli couldn’t use Cruz. Before one of the Mets games in an interview with Provus, Baldelli said Cruz played outfield in spring training, made some good plays, and that he (Baldelli) “wouldn’t hesitate” to put Cruz in the outfield in this series. Yet it didn’t happen. Maybe that’s just typical manager doublespeak, but still. They did ok without him after all.
Before we all collectively freak out:
1.) We had a winning road trip against mostly competitive NL teams, where we couldn't use Cruz.
2.) We have a winnable homestead coming up against Detroit and Toronto; no reason we can't win 4 or 5 of those games.
3.) It's April
4.) It's not Rocco's fault that Vazquez couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, or a misjudgment to bring him in. After all, Odorizzi did walk the pitcher.
Also, that final at bat last night would have been perfect for using Cruz. If Cruz gets on base, Kepler is the tying run.
Edited by Hosken Bombo Disco, 11 April 2019 - 10:43 AM.