Fontenot was hitting 400 in the two spot--He got Benched, then moved down in the order.
I heard a mention on the radio that Lou was watching batting practice, and felt Theriot was hitting the ball really well, so he put him in the 2 spot and Fontenot in the 6 spot. Result? Theriot hits 3 doubles.
And Fontenot didn't get benched then moved down. He got moved down, then GIVEN A DAY OFF (he had played in every game since he came up, and minor leaguers that get called up generally get days off).
Theirot--Since you mentioned steals, dont you think he would have alot more if he hadn't been benched so frequently?
He's had about 4 games where he didn't play in the past 2 1/2 months, and he's pinch hit a handful of times. 2 of the days he got off was because he was in an 0/15 slump. Not bad for a guy that wasn't suppose to start.
Pie-Rotting on the bench.
And he'll probably be sent down. It's not easy to throw a guy out there that's hitting .216. You talk about Lou destroying young player's confidence, but you expect him to throw Pie out there and destroy his confidence on offense?
Marshall--His success has absolutely NOTHING to do with Lou..nothing.
Probably not, but he still handles his pitchers in the game leaps and bounds above Dusty.
Between the benching, and inconsistant playing time hes giving the youngsters how could you not be concerned with the future of all the youngsters? Pie, Marmal, Murton, Fontenot(Was on the bench, and hell be back on the bench sooner then later), theirot, etc.
Get off the idea that Fontenot was benched. HE WAS GIVEN A DAY OFF!!! If you believe he benched Fontenot, that would mean that every manager "benches" all their players. Almost every player gets days off (especially young players coming up from the minors).
Also, Pie can't hit the ball - Marmol is getting a lot of chances, and Lou is putting him in places where he thinks he can succeed - Murton got sent down because they have an overload of RF, and Lou wanted him to be playing every day - Theriot is playing every day with some days off here and there.
"Lou's playing his young players, if they perform everyday" --And thats basically it, said by the guy above me. I dont agree with that being how you treat young players. Lou is treating the Cubs like there the Yankees, and must win the world series this year. Since there not, it would be nice if he thought about the future of the cubs.
A) You blame Lou for destroying their confidence and expect him to run them out there blindly every game despite them slumping? Most players get days off when they get in slumps, so why shouldn't they?
B) You have given up on the season when the Cubs are 4.5 games back from a team that hasn't finished over .500 in a long long time? No, they wouldn't be the best team in the playoffs if they made it, but neither was St. Louis. What you are suggesting is that they should have given up at the end of April, and played all their young guys instead of trying to win. That may have made you happy, but it would piss off the millions of Cubs fans that actually know baseball.
I don't think Lou is the greatest manager ever, and at this point I wouldn't give him an "A" as a manager, but I also wouldn't give him the "F" you're suggesting. He has managed the young guys well (not over working them, and putting them in spots to succeed, but yet letting them get a ton of playing time), and he has done a great job of managing games (with pitchers, pinch hitters, in game strategy). I was skeptical the first month, but he has proven that he knows what he's doing, and he's got the team winning. From ESPN's power rankings, "The Cubs are a major league-best 21-10 since June 3." - I guess that's the type of team YOU give up on.