UPDATE: Willis was scratched from his start with back spasms. Matt Maloney, originally scheduled for tomorrow, will take his place.
Just need to flush some armchair managing out of my system:
Last night was a good example of why Dusty can sometimes be a liability at managing his pitching staff. Edinson Volquez crossed over 100 pitches in the 6th inning - which was just fine, considering he's more than a year out from his post-Tommy John MLB debut and was recalled from AAA pretty late in the season. But Edinson Volquez approaching 120 pitches and struggling is not really that fine. Volquez stayed into face Morgan (a lefty) and hit him. In comes Jose Arredondo, who only this season returned to professional baseball from TJ. He's already thrown more innings than he has since 2006, the year before he was converted to a reliever. Arredondo is pretty good against lefties, but meanwhile Aroldis Chapman - who's in need of some garbage time and has seen his innings contract this season, as compared to 2010 - sits with Braun and Fielder coming up and men on in the 7th. Arredondo gives way to Fisher, who gives way to Wood, who had made only appearance (2 IP) since September call-ups. If Wood wasn't being saved to pitch behind Maloney on Monday, he could have made up for lost time by entering the game earlier and facing the tough lefty bats.
No great injustice there - perhaps even some defensible decisions - but a series of puzzling moves that seem to accumulate some nights. The bigger problem, of course, is that the Reds need to have better pitchers on the roster when the calender flips and the roster is back to 25.
Lineups after the jump. Against Willis, Ron Roenicke had removed all lefties but Fielder. Looks like he can keep the same lineup with the lefty Maloney taking over.
|2011 - Matt Maloney||0-2||7||1||0||0||0||0||17.0||27||14||13||5||4||13||6.88||1.82|
|2011 - Zack Greinke||14-6||26||25||0||0||0||0||153.2||145||75||66||17||36||181||3.87||1.18|
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Corey Hart (R) RF
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