How I wish I could ask questions of Ned Yost that the reporters are not willing to ask. Below are some of the questions I would ask him about last night's game.
Were any of you guys wanting to ask these same questions?
1. I agree that it was time to give Mitch Maier a start. But why take him out for your best hitter, Alex Gordon? Both are left handed hitter, against Eric Bedard, a left handed pitcher? The result? Mitch put up an Ofer with 2K's.
2. Why remove Luke Hochevar when he has a 1-hitter? Must have been because he was at the magical 100 pitch count. Ned, do you honestly believe that the arms of your starting pitchers will fall off if they throw more than 100 pitches? The other night, Dan Haren (I believe) was allowed to throw about 125 pitches and finish the CG since he had a 1 hitter. His arm survived. It almost proved disastrous taking out Hochevar as the bullpen imploded again.
3. After trying to establish an identity as a great basestealing team in the first several games, the team has stolen just 2 bases in the last 7 games. I've watched every single game, and there have been tons of SB opportunities that you have simply refused to steal on, including with righthanded pitchers. Why have you stopped the running game?
4. Last night, you could have left your best hitter so far (Alex Gordon) in the lineup, and sat Kila who has struggled badly against lefties. Start Gordon at 1B and sit Kila. Result? Kila went 0 for 4, and with the bases loaded in the first inning and 1 out, popped out. My lineup against Bedard last night would have been:
RH 1. Dyson CF
LH 2. Getz 2B
LH 3. Gordon LF
RH 4. Butler 1B
RH 5. Francoeur RF
RH (S) 6. Betemit 3B
RH 7. Aviles DH
RH 8. Treanor C
RH 9. Escobar
With this lineup, you maximize your right-handed hitters against a tough lefty, and you have a lot of speed bback to back (Escobar, Dyson, Getz).