What the hell is going on? The Bucs have sunk from 9 games over .500 to just 1 game over now at 30-29. That is 5 series LOST in a row. Where is the blame? That delusional gum-chewer sitting on the bench with the title of Manager. Where do we begin the discussion of the illogical managerial decisions? Here are a few:
- Let Austin Meadows play! He’s hitting .392 and can play any outfield position. Why he got two games off in a row is beyond me. It took him winning Rookie of the Month for Clint to put him back in the lineup.
- Today’s game was void of Dickerson (.313), Moran (.277), Harrison ( .269 ) and a hot Mercer. Who WAS i the lineup? Polonco (.212) Freese (.244) and Clint’s man-crush Where’s Waldo Rodriguez (.167). I will NEVER understand this love affair for Rodriguez. He is a 6 million dollar waste at the plate….and now that he has had two costly errors two days in a row….where is he really helping defensively.
- On the pitching front, why can a guy like Glasnow pitch a 1-2-3 7th inning and get pulled? Why does a guy like Crick pitch a 1-2-3 8th and get pulled? Only one reason. Hurdle puts players BEFORE team, and if there is ANY possibility to get Vazquez a save, he will do it. You saw the result of that a couple days ago. TEAM FIRST CLINT. WINNING is the #1 priority!
True, the team is not well funded and has bad ownership, but even if we had more stars, Hurdle would find room for his “pets” on the team and still juggle this lineup like a circus clown.