In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to Sobchack's comment:
Oh for freak's sake about managers. Even Farrell himself has said the players play the game and the manager's "coaching" comes down to knowing when to pull a pitcher and subbing the lineup.
You win some, you lose some: Bogaerts for Middelbrooks against Detroit worked superbly. Morales was a disaster. Gomes worked against Detroit and didn't tonight. For every good move, there's one that doesn't work out as planned.
Breslow's and Salty's errors are not Farrell's fault. In the same vein Mueller's tying RBI against Rivera in the 2004 ALCS was not "because of" Francona.
Right now, on to Peavy. Farrell has ZERO control over how Peavy will perform. Peavy throws the ball, not Farrell.
We deserved to lose last night no argument there. My beef is why our manager has forgotten how we got here in the first place. It wasn't with guys like Morales who hasn't thrown strikes in over a year or guys like Drew and Gomes swinging at air. It was with a joint effort and two guys in Carp and Nava who should have been in our lineup more. Drew has played outstanding defense which has certainy helped our cause but there are simple things that could be done to help us put the best possible lineup out there. Waiting to pinch hit Nava with two outs in the ninth against a guy throwing 98mph was embarrising to watch. He deserves and has earned to play over Gomes, especially against righties.
As far as Wacha goes? He may have a record going but nothing I saw last night was anything special other than a quick delivery and decent fastball. I will be shocked if he doesn't turn out to be an average starter once hitters adjust.
Wacha is going to be very very good provided he stays healthy. Can he keep up this ridiculous pace? Of course not. But he should be putting up 3.00 ERAs or lower for many years. If he learns a breaking pitch to go with his fastball and change, he could be one of the best.