Is there another manager on a team that has a payroll of ~$141 million, and plays in a fairly winnable division that would (by choice) would trot out a lineup that looked like this against a fairly beatable (Royals) team?
I doubt it.
Take a look at that trainwreck.
Sure there are injuries: Vernon Wells (whose contract is an absolutely unbelievable nightmare, but [sadly] his career numbers are better than what’s been placed out there in his stead) and Howie Kendrick (team leader in WAR, absolute stud, and now [apparently] a legit UT player [w/starts at 1B, 2B, LF.]) But this lineup is just garbage. Sunday lineups always seemed like they were reserved for Scioscia’s mix-n-match/bench emptying shitfests, but tonight’s mess has me a little worried.
a) He wastes his DH spot on a AAAA catcher that is out of options, has no business being on a 25-man roster, barely ever plays, has 17 ABs this season, and has a career BA of .228 and a career WAR of 0.4.
That’s like getting a $100 iTunes gift certificate and buying Menudo’s entire discography.
b) Start a C (every time there’s a LHP on the bump) that is perpetually dancing around the .190 mark (and is also a career .198 hitter with a career WAR of -1.2, and uh…as a “platoon player” is hitting .156 vs. LHP, which kind of negates the whole “platoon” thing.)
It’s a poor carpenter that blames his tools, but it’s a dumb carpenter that tries to saw a 2 x 4 with his penis.
c) Start a AAAA LF (Reggie WIllits) that can’t hit (.045 BA.)
Having a batting cage in your house is cool if it helps you. It’s not so cool if you use it to practice hitting infield pop-ups and collecting backwards Ks.
d) Alberto Callaspo is your clean-up hitter.
I still have some hope for this team, but it’s waning. They’ve got as good a #1 and #2 as anyone (save the Phillies and Giants), but when they roll two to three players that are below replacement-level a night, it doesn’t matter who the hell you have on the hill for you. Defense and pitching win championships, but teams that can’t score runs can’t take advantage of good defense and pitching.
“I think he (Ervin Santana) has pitched much better than some of his internal numbers are indicating,” manager Mike Scioscia said. -ESPN
If those numbers are “internal” and are indicating poor performance, then numbers indicating the opposite must be…
Right? It’s what’s on the outside that counts? Even if what’s on the outside is kind of more of what’s actually on the inside (or behind the conventional statistics.) Either way, Ervin Santana is not as bad as a glance at the stats next to his name in the pitching matchups in your local paper would lead you to believe.