April 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm by Ben Duronio under Links
I don’t normally do this, but this article was so good that I feel I have to. Jason Roberts over at FanGraphs covered a few decisions made by Fredi over the first four games of the year. We honestly probably should have already written this exact article, but we’ve been through this a hundred times with Fredi and if we wrote an article after every decision we disagreed with, well we’d write a lot of articles.
Here’s a small excerpt of Jason’s article:
Things did not get better from there. Trailing by one-run after 5 innings, Gonzalez turned the game over to Livan Hernandez who promptly gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Hernandez is a useful guy to have around as a long-reliever or spot-starter, but he should not be used in medium or high leverage situations. Neither Jonny Venters nor Craig Kimbrel pitched on Sunday and were likely available. Kris Medlen and Eric O’Flaherty were also likely available given that they each pitched only one inning on Sunday, and did not pitch Friday or Saturday. When Hernandez entered the game last night the Braves has a .259 win expectancy that had plummeted to .115 by the end of Hernandez’s inning of work. Down by 1 run to what is expected to be the worst team in MLB is not the time to punt the game.