a 1-1 ballgame...why is manny using 5 relievers when extra innings are possible?? Why does he use so many relievers every night??
I agree he uses too many, but last night I didn't find much to quarrel about. For example, Bergmann has been terrific in his one inning stints, but horrific when stretched to two. Last night, he let a ball totally get away from him, drilling the batter in the ribs (that REALLY hurt, LOL) so Manny pulled him. If Manny had let him stay in I would not have been surprised to see the whole thing blow up, and everyone would be saying how Manny should have pulled Bergmann.
Pulling Villone was dicey, you could argue he shouldn't have, but Sheffield had pwned us, and McDougal just blew him away completely. So I'm okay with that one, given the result.
So yeah, he used up a lot of the pen through 9, but the reality was that the 'pen did its job last night. They held the game in check for inning after inning, but unfortunately the offense was sleeping.