JMB05 wrote: mweir145 wrote:
ActionHero wrote:But maybe I'm just bitter...
Actionhero, gotta remember that mweir145 is never wrong.
Just ask him.
I agree that Burnett is struggling after 5 or 6 inning. Gaston knows this, or should know this, and needs to pull him quickly when he starts getting shaky.
Still a bit hurt over me pointing out that Manny Ramirez is a good player, eh?
There have been many times that Burnett has pitched well through the 7th inning in his career. In fact, he did it twice last week. He does have 18 CG and 9 SO in his career for a reason.
And please, don't manage after the fact. Adam Jones has a career .680 OPS agaisnt righties, and Burnett is generally a better pitcher agaisnt right-handed hitters. And while it isn't really significant at all, he hadn't gotten a hit off him in 4 AB either. Also when you consider the Jays' best relievers are left-handed (Carlson, Downs, Ryan), with no reliable right-handed reliever, it makes even more sense that they would have stuck with AJ in that situation. If he had gotten out of it, 6 IP with 4 ER isn't that terrible or a huge blow up at all.
It's pretty easy to say Cito made the wrong move now, but think about it logically with all of the factors that went into it, and you'll see that he made the right decision at the time.