Friday, April 07, 2006

Welcome Back, Macha

Welcome back. Welcome back. Welllllcome baaaaack.

I thought we'd lost you there, my old, retarded friend. I just KNEW you couldn't have gotten any smarter over the past six months. And, in retrospect, you were probably more lucky than good the last couple of games versus the Yankees. You were lucky that little Marco Scutaro and an outstanding 8th inning absolved you from exhausting your bullpen on Opening Night. And as I've had time to further digest the events of the Opening Night debacle, why did you pull Zito right AFTER he gave up the grand slam? You couldn't have possibly thought the game was still winnable. The game was still winnable BEFORE he gave up the grand slam. You should have pulled him then, asswhipe (not a typo). But after he gave up the knockout blow, everyone in the stadium knew that we weren't going to win the game. So why not leave Zito out there? He'd thrown less than 60 pitches. You should have left him out there to clean up his own mess. He might have gotten you another inning. Maybe two.

And maybe Kirk Saarloos would have been available last night, when you again decided to pull your starter too late.

Loaiza looked pretty bad last night. Yet you thought it best to trot him out there inning after inning when he clearly didn't have his best stuff.
"He had a couple of misses on location. Not any big innings, but he got his pitch count up."

--Ken Macha
He had given up four runs in only three innings pitched. And he had already thrown over 75 pitches.

But at least he stayed away from the big inning.


Admittedly, your bullpen options were limited. But that's your own damn fault. And I can only imagine how bad of a shape the bullpen would be in if Tuesday's game had gone into extra innings.

And kudos to you for that outstanding lineup you so masterfully composed last night.

Before last night's game Mark Ellis and Dan Johnson were a combined 2-for-20. Why ON EARTH you thought it would be a good idea to bath them 3rd and 5th, respectively, I'll never know. Not surprisingly, they went hitless in eight combined plate appearances, leaving seven on base.

When I saw Scutaro at the top of the lineup, I thought to myself, "Self, I guess the players are writing the lineup tonight. Hot guys in the heart of the order. Cold guys at the bottom. Kendall out of the lineup altogether."

At least Kendall was out.

You almost had me. I almost fell for it. For the briefest of moments I actually thought that after nearly 500 games as a Major League manager, you were starting to figure this gig out. But, alas, you've proved that you're still the dumbass we've all grown to hate.

Welcome back, my grey-haired punching bag.

Loaiza fizzles in debut
He lasts only 4 2/3 in loss to Seattle

Susan Slusser, SF Chronicle

Japanese media ask Macha
Josh Suchon, Oakland Tribune

Bradley quickly fitting in with team's philosophy
Joe Roderick, Knight Ridder

Cats tagged by familiar face
Doug Binder, Special to Sacramento Bee (Registration Required)

RockHounds drop season opener on road at Frisco
Jack Marrion, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Opening Night
Weather cooperates, Nuts don't in loss

Jagdip Dhillon, Stockton Record

Cougars pull off rare scoring feat
Brian Schaumburg, Kane County Chronicle


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Macha still doesn't have a clue. As I'm typing this he's brought the Duke into a 5-0 game to start the 9th inning. How about saving him for a game that is actually in doubt? Way to go dumbass!

Friday, April 07, 2006 10:42:00 PM  

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