Why Proctor?

Hello again everyone from beautiful southeast Michigan, land of wonderful weather for back to back days.

Unfortunately, the Braves couldn’t put together back to back wins over the Mets, losing 5-0 as the floodgates opened on Jair Jurrjens in the seventh inning of what had been a 0-0 pitcher’s duel.

While the trouble started when Alex Gonzalez dropped a routine ground ball while moving it to his throwing hand, there was no scoring done until Fredi Gonzalez went to the bullpen. And I’m honestly dumbfounded as to how it went down.

With the bases loaded and the left-handed hitting Jose Reyes coming to the plate, Fredi elected to bring in the right handed Scott Proctor, he of the fly ball tendency, to face him. Why one would do this with three lefties still in the pen befuddles me. So, in no great surprise, Reyes cleared the bases with a triple to right field.

As I’ve said before, Fredi’s bullpen usage “plum evades” me (to borrow an expression from “God’s Own Drunk”). I can’t find any school, be it old school, new school, or pre-school, that teaches his methodology. Does anyone else have any insights into his thinking?

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  • BC Clemmons

    I have to agree.Didn’t the Braves sign Sherrill for his effectiveness against lefties? I know Sherrill’s signing was much to the chagrin of some, but after a rough start of the year he has been effective.It might be time to start keeping a tally of the “questionable ” managerial decisions by Fredi?

  • BC Clemmons

    Oh and I forgot to mention O’Flaherty, but then again Fredi forgot to bring him in the game.Fail Gonzalez

  • Bob Horton

    Hey BC,

    Yep, he had EOF, Sherrill, and Jonny out there. And he even used Sherrill in the next inning, even letting him pitch to RH batters, which is also baffling.

    They say a manager can only impact a team’s record by 4-5 wins via on the field decisions, but I’m pretty sure Fredi has already blown past this level.



  • Fred Owens

    As BC points out EOF was THE guy. Reyes is a switch hitter so Sherrill would have been easy meat for him as hot as he is. The only man with a good chance of killing the rally was EOF. I don;t blame Proctor who so far is making me eat my words – I still think in the long term he will fail but I am happy to have crow at seasons end if he continues his success.
    Fredi’s bullpen mystery tour is already legend. Here’s what I see from Fredi. If he’s sure we can win he goes for it Ahead: Gearrin,EOF, JV, CK If he thinks we may not comeback he holds the high use guys out. Tied or behind: Linebrink, Sherrill, Martinez, Gearrin.
    Two ways to look at this: 1) He’s protecting already overworked arms by throwing the one that can break down and not be missed a lot 2) He doesn’t believe (subconsciously?) that the lineup can come back from a deficit, particularly when they’ve been stumped by a no-name pitcher. He may be correct about the latter but that attitude – if it exists – has to be transmitted to the team.
    I understand better every day why he was asked to leave Florida and have to tip my hat to the otherwise undistinguished head office management team in Miami for getting that part right. For a Harley riding Cox trained guy he’s as tough and fiery as as Vespa and so far has been as tactically inept as the local high school coach

  • Bob Horton