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Eric Wedge Is Mismanaging the ALDS

I asked the question at FanHouse today, should Eric Wedge go with C.C. Sabathia instead of Paul Byrd tonight in Game 4 of the ALDS, considering Joe Torre is bumping up his ace, Chien-Ming Wang? I really can’t find a reason why Wedge shouldn’t bring C.C. back early. Sure, if C.C.’s gassed and ineffective, then boom, you throw in Byrd, what’s the problem?

I just couldn’t imagine the Indians losing the series after being up 2-0, seeing what Carmona did in Game 2, and then not having him pitch a second time in the series. That would be a serious error. I already called Lou Piniella out for his horrific decision to yank Zambrano after 6 innings in Game 1 of the NLDS (clearly Piniella was not playing to win the game, Herm would be ashamed).

Wedgie, listen up man, start Sabathia! If nothing else, then it will allow you to pitch Carmona in Game 5 rather than decide between him and C.C. — and we all know you’ll go with C.C. So be smart, use C.C. tonight, it’s the right thing to do — gotta live and die with your best arms.



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  • JEWCY

    LB,

    I totally agree with you. I am a big Tribe fan and Byrd has not pitched in nearly 2 weeks! This is the thing with these pitchers in the division series. Managers want to give them extra rest and start Triple AAA pitchers to give their starters more rest, then you play no more than 2 games in a row, and they are not as sharp as they would of been on a normal 5 day rotation. If you do start CC tonight, then what do you do in the ALCS if they do advance? You have to pitch Byrd sometime so he would get even more rest. I would want CC to start, but this is not a must win game, they still have to think about the next two series if they do advance

  • JS

    The has been an obsession among managers for decades about ‘saving’ pitchers for a future game in a series or game 1 of the next series (by the way, didn’t Zambrano pitch great yesterday in Game 4?)

    This is very similar to the prevent (a victory) defense in football, the book says to do it, so coaches do it (lucky for Lovey Smith Donald Driver isn’t two inches taller). And in a vast majority of these situations, they get burned big time.

    Hey Wedge, pitch C.C. today and move on to the ALCS.

  • http://wastingcotime.wordpress.com WCT

    Finally! someone who sees things my way!

  • http://svpstyle.com ScottVanPeltStyle.com

    Finally! Some other news not Yankees-Red Sox related!

  • http://pointguardu.com NICK

    If i was wedge i wouldnt thrown C.C he wasnt real impressive in game one. i would almost be more inclined to throw Carmona but than again he pitched game 2 so that forces Wedges hand…. GO TRIBE!

  • JEWCY

    Looks like Paul Byrd is getting the job done so far…keep it up Tribe

  • SpinMax

    This series is going just like last year. Yankees get 1 easy win, the rest they get shut down.

  • Tom

    Yeah Eric Wedge really mismanaged the series as he is getting doused with champagne.

  • http://www.larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I admit it worked out for Wedgie, but I still think going CC and Carmona was the right move.

  • http://wastingcotime.wordpress.com WCT

    dude, we all owe Wedge an apology. A manager always knows his guys better than outsiders.

  • http://www.larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    WCT, screw that, if Byrd only gave two runs, CC would’ve had a shutout.

  • ukchris

    how can you say it was the wrong move even after Byrd proved the naysayers wrong? now he has his rotation completely rested for the Sawks… sounds like he Wedge made the completely correct move.

  • Gene

    Looks like everybody who disagreed with you waited until the game was in progress or over to come forward. None of them had the testicularity to weigh in prior to game time, so their opinions don’t really count.

    Wedge & Co. got it done, but that doesn’t make it the right decision. You were right on with this one, and the Tribe advances in spite of the managerial decision.

  • JEWCY

    look at it like this

    starters (including Wang) in the postseason are 12-30 on 3 days rest. throwing cc out there might of not been in the best interest-the pitching now lines up with the way the indians want it for cc/carmona to pitch games 1 and 2 and (hopefuly the tribe will take care of business beofre) games 5 and 6. CC was not especially sharp when he had over a full week of rest, so what is to say he would of gone out there and got the job done? I love Sabathia, and would of felt way more confident throwing out there in a decisive game 5 if need be, but I dont have to worry about that.

    I hate the red sox just as much as the yankees, and hopefully the indians give it to them

  • Jeff

    Its always easier in hindsight to say I told you so. The bottom line is that every team lives and dies with their manager. The Cubs manager (Pinella) obviously doesn’t know his players enough or trust them enough. Wedge played last night like he played all year, starting with Byrd, and ending with Borowski. If you change your management style in the playoffs, you are destined to lose.

    I look forward to the great pitching matchups we are going to see in the ALCS most likely with Beckett going against CC. You couldnt ask for a better game 1.

  • JEWCY

    CC>Beckett

  • Alan

    Byrd beating the Yankees is like a Byrd treading across a highwire with no net below and no highwire experience. And he did it. I remember Kenny Rogers had some great starts last post-season as well. Same shit. Still, I didn’t think it was an inexcusable offense.

  • JEWCY

    Paul Byrd>Roger Clemens

    they should have given Byrd 17,000 a pitch!