How bad did Tony want to beat the Reds?

by on August 13, 2010 · 0 comments

Some closing notes on the manager’s moves during the Reds series (and not the vomiting part):

  • Randy Winn only had one at-bat.
  • Aaron Miles only had one at-bat, and that was after coming in as a defensive substitution for Skip Schumaker at second base.  For the record, I’m okay with that move.
  • Allen Craig was the only other bench player to get at-bats, and he only had two.
  • There was only one pitcher-for-player double-switch made in the entire series, in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game.  There was a double-substitution made in Wednesday’s game, bringing Craig in for Matt Holliday when the pitcher was replaced – but they stayed in their respective spots.
  • Colby Rasmus started all three games and played all but one-third of the possible defensive innings.
  • Fox Sports Midwest indicated on their post-game show that this was the first time since 1995 that the Cardinals had used the same starting lineup for all three games of a series.  It is not a coincidence that was the last year before Tony La Russa was hired.
  • The three instances of said lineup were enough to propel the arrangement to a tie for the top used lineup of the season, with five games.
  • It appeared to me that TLR largely only used the relievers he trusts right now.  Not sure Mike MacDougal qualifies for that, but he saw some garbage time late in the last game.  It’s worth noting that Fernando Salas was among this trusted bunch.
  • I wonder how Ryan Ludwick feels about being told that only a select few players are truly “everyday” players, then watching Jon Jay play virtually every day since?  Is Jay becoming a “Tony guy”?
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