06.Jun.2010 Pat Casey Ends Beavers Season
The job of a manager is to put players in a position where they are most likely to succeed. Tyler Waldron was not the most likely to succeed in today’s environment. The guy had a marred history as a starter, and was shaky at best as a reliever. That was a piss-poor decision by the coaches.
Boyd was the choice. He was the Beavers best pitcher this year. It seems odd to say that, but he was the one guy who consistently executed his pitches in the clutch while also grasping the mental component of the game. A crafty and heady pitcher, to say the least. That the coaches did not pitch him today is a let down to the team, fans, and conference as a whole. Had Boyd started I think the Beavers would be playing the night cap right now for a chance at redemption. Instead, they are on a plane over the Midwest. That idiomatic phrase about it taking a few bad apples to ruin a good thing…we saw it play out today, and Pat Casey has to be number one on the blame list.
His post game comment:
“Tyler was absolutely the perfect match-up for eight right-handed hitters that struggle with breaking balls,” Casey said.
A. Clearly he wasn’t the perfect match up.
B. Clearly they don’t struggle with breaking balls…or…
C. Maybe the stats Pat based his decision on are skewed. Unless you watch FA every day there is no way to know the information necessary to make that call, thus:
D. You pitch your best pitcher, not your best match up.
A further comment by Casey:
“The thing that’s discouraging a little bit is, in my opinion, we’re a much better team than Florida Atlantic, and then we spot them eight runs. That part to me is extremely disappointing.”
Perhaps Pat is forgetting that the manager and coaches are part of a team as well, and Florida Atlantic’s staff outshone the Beaver’s. Also, the quote above is so lame and embarrassing from a sportsmanship perspective. It shows how egotistical and delusional this guy is. Maybe he suffers from Tony Larussa syndrome, playing the obscurity card and desperately hoping it works out so he looks like a genius. Sad.