Another Friday, another twitter mailbag.
What did you think of the 7th inning?
— Jake Tremblay (@JakeLobito) August 10, 2017
So, about that 7th inning…what gives?
— Rob (@RobBishopSD) August 10, 2017
Here’s how I’d rank the priorities of Andy Green this season, particularly for the last couple of months.
- Develop young players
- Develop older players/maximize their future trade value
- Keep good clubhouse moral and all that jazz
- Read at least one good book a week
- Go all-out to win games
On a contending team, those five things might be reversed (toss the books), but the Padres are 50-64, and they’re in no position to make any kind of run toward even the periphery of the playoff race. They’re not a winning team, and we essentially knew they weren’t going to be a winning team all season. They shouldn’t treat games the same way a winning team treats games.
Yesterday, in the seventh inning of a one-run game in Cincinnati, Green violated the hierarchy of priorities, putting no. 5 over no. 2 while brushing up against the warm fuzzies of no. 3 in the process, likely ticking off Kirby Yates. With runners on first and second, one out, and Joey Votto at the plate (in a 2-2 count!), Green yanked Yates for All-Star Brad Hand.
So, just to be clear here, Green brought Hand, an important future trade candidate, into a game in the middle of an at-bat against one of the best hitters in baseball to try to protect a one-run lead against direct tank competition.
What’s wrong with that move?