Sunday August 30, 2009
In what many expect to be Mat Latos' last game of the season, Bud Black left him in the game to get pounded in the 4th inning.
Bud Black, for a former pitcher, has absolutely no recognition of when a pitcher is done.
There was no reason to leave Latos in to take the 5 run beating he did. After allowing 2 singles and walk it was evident that Latos was done. He was missing badly with all of his pitches having throw 6 pitches in the dirt and three higher than the batters heads in just 4 batters. Balsley had already been out to the mound to talk to him.
The next batter drove in two runs on a single back up the middle on a batting practice pitch. This is when Latos should have been pulled from the game.
There was no reason for Black to leave him in to throw even one more pitch.
Instead Black left him in and he walked the next batter. Why didn't Black take Latos out at that point? A good manager would have. Nope, Black left him in until he allowed a hit that drove in 3 more runs.
Now this kid will have all off season to think about how he gave up 5 runs in his last outing.
I cannot think of a single way in which Black could have mismanaged a young pitcher in a worse manner. Black is totally clueless.
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