So the data suggests that Managers have very little impact on the Win and Loss record and the overwhelming majority of the record comes down to the players. I think we’d all agree on that.
The question is in what few instances does a Skipper’s decision, actually lead directly to a Win, or a Loss?
One could argue that Ned made those decisions leading directly to those 2 wins.
Win #1. Situation: 0-0 tie in 5th, Royals have only scored 1 ER in 22 innings, the Royals have been DOA while the Sox have slugged 5 HRs. KC just got Hosmer on w/ a walk and to this point in the season this qualified for a rally.
What decision does Yost make? The hit and run w/ as unlikely a candidate as KC has in the lineup, Francoeur. Now Frenchy, to his credit, fists a hopper thru the vacated 2b hole allowing Hosmer to go to 3rd. Then Getz follows w/ a line drive to CF for a run which changes the momentum of the inning and game.
Win #2. Situation. NL Park. Decision to be made: Who to play Butler, Frenchy and/or Hosmer. Bench Butler the team’s best hitter on a struggling offensive team? Bench Frenchy and play Hosmer in RF b/c Frenchy can’t hit RHP and defense is suspect?
Bench Hosmer in favor of the better hitting Butler? This topic was discussed in the pre-game thread w/ most leading to Play Butler and Hosmer in RF w/ most of the rationale being Butler is he best hitter and Hosmer is > at everything than Francoeur.
What decision does Ned make? He plays Hosmer and hits him 3 and goes w/ Frenchy in the OF. We know what happens, Hosmer has breakout 4-5 game and gets clutch 2 run single while HOF Brett and Schmidt provide the color. (I Think that was the iconic moment of this season to date). Frenchy goes 1-3 w BB and makes a very nice running grab of a sinking liner in the early innings to keep more runs off the board.
Yost says "In 22 at-bats vs. Kendrick entering Friday's game, Francoeur had nine hits for a .409 average with a home run and three RBIs. Francoeur, who is the only Royals hitter with significant numbers against Kendrick from his time in Atlanta"
So the question is How much credit do we give Ned for these wins.