Morning Grind: Why Not K-Rod And Why Pinch Run Tatis?

An article by posted on April 15, 2010

Every now and then the Mets do something so baffling or so mind-boggling that I am prompted to do a post like this which I call the Morning Grind.

Was it just me or did anybody else have a big problem with Jerry Manuel when he substituted Fernando Tatis for Mike Jacobs as a pinch runner in the tenth inning?

It’s not like Tatis is a speed burner or something, and with the score still tied and the game already in extra innings wouldn’t you rather reserve the best bat on your bench so that you can use him as a pinch hitter?

Of course Manuel would then have Cora do just that… Pinch hit…  And of course he failed and the Mets would strand two runners and end up losing the game…

If you were going to bring Tatis back from Port St. Lucie for the bench over a more deserving Chris Carter, than why would you waste him at such a critical junction in the game as a pinch runner of all things?

Secondly, you’re already mired in a three game losing streak and you really needed to win this game. Why in God’s name would you not use your top pitcher, Frankie Rodriguez in the tenth inning?

So far this season, we’ve used K-Rod in an assortment of garbage time appearances and in fact he still has not had a single save opportunity!

And so on this particular chilly night… with a team and a fan base desperate for a win… with your number one end game pitcher armed and ready in the bullpen… and with the game clearly on the freaking line… you turn to a 20-year old rookie to snuff out the Rockies in extra innings at Coors Field?

BAD FREAKING IDEA!!!

I don’t hate Jerry Manuel… I only hate his decisions…

I don’t like seeing people get fired… Buy I like winning better than I do losing with Jerry Manuel…

I have nothing against Manuel’s Gandhi-like qualities… I just prefer Rambo-like qualities instead… 

As for Mejia, it won’t be long until everyone catches onto him just like they did with Bobby Parnell… That’s what happens when you only have two pitches and the difference between the two is less than 5 mph… It’s doesn’t matter how fast you can hurl your fastball if that’s all you really got. Just ask last night’s hero Chris Iannetta…

“He throws like a 97 mph cutter and like a 94 mph slider,” Iannetta said. “So I was just looking for something out over the plate and just trying to put a good swing on it. Stay as short as possible to stay on time.”

Welcome to the Major Leagues, Jenrry…

Don’t let last night’s loss bother you too much…

You have a great career as a starting pitcher ahead of you, but until the Mets figure that out, you’ll have to be stuck toiling in our bullpen instead of refining your secondary pitches in the minors.

Have some faith though… There’s a ray of hope in your future… Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya won’t be here for much longer and once we replace them with some knowledgeable and solid baseball people, you’ll soon be able to resume your career as a starting pitcher… Hang in there…

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