swyck wrote:None of these arguments make a lot of sense to me.
Are you saying the Pirates would rather lose games then play their best players? I'm not saying bench Mesa after a bad game or two, but if he doesn't turn it around he won't keep the job.
I watch every game, and sometimes it does look like they want to lose.
They are playing guys like Tike Redman who is hitting like .180 and has made numerous fielding errors and keeping Jack Wilson in the 2 slot of the order when he's batting .190. None of these things make sense, but the team has such little talent that there's not much else Lloyd can do.
Mesa has said he would retire rather than play for another team. That's going to be in the backs of the minds of any prospective trading suitors. If they don't get a good deal for him, he will stay - that's it. I very seriously doubt they will move him to MR. Two of the games he lost were due to balls that could have been played but were not by the defense. So, it's not all his fault. He isn't just giving up jacks and consecutive hits like Graves was. He has always let people get on base, but he normally gets out of it. You can't expect the guy to go on a Gagne save streak.
That said, I doubt he will be demoted to MR. But, I'm not Lloyd...you'd have to ask him what he's going to do.