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Jerry Manuel killed K-Rod last night

Apr 18, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

Francisco Rodriguez headshot.jpgI’m sure there are people who thought that Jerry Manuel was oh-so-clever for saving Francisco Rodriguez until the 19th inning last night, but he really didn’t save a thing. K-Rod was warming up constantly last night, and he told reporters after the game that he threw an estimated 100 pitches
between the 9th and 19th. Once he got into the game in the 19th, he said, his arm was “dead.”

Reader Andrew made an awesome point in the earlier thread this morning: If Jerry Manuel was so intent on killing his arm like he did, why not just put him in the game in the ninth and let him pitch seven or eight innings? At least then the Mets would have a bullpen available to them to back up John Maine today.

  1. Steve - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    No matter what the manager does it’s ALWAYS wrong in someone’s eyes. In this case Craig Calcaterra chooses to listen to Rodriguez who didn’t have the guts to tell his manager he was already warmed up and didn’t need more. Stop blaming the manager for what managers have done forever and start holding these overpaid, hiney-whining athletes accountable.

  2. w2lucky - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    His stated plan before the series opener was to win just one game. He probably doesn’t care if Maine gets any bullpen support today now that they have one in the bag. It’s going to be another lousy season for this Mets fan.

  3. w2lucky - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    His stated plan before the series opener was to win just one game. He probably doesn’t care if Maine gets any bullpen support today now that they have one in the bag. It’s going to be another lousy season for this Mets fan.

  4. John - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Professional athletes are competitors. They do not reach MLB if they are not. It is imperative that managers protect these players from themselves, because all they want to do is compete and win. Where the hell were (pitching coach) Rick Peterson and (bullpen coach) Randy Niemann in all of this? They’re the ones who should have been monitoring what the pitches were.
    More importantly, Jerry Manuel has a history of going to the press with his complaints, so players are wary of speaking up. Manuel has no problem throwing players under the bus. Communication is not the strong point of this organization.

  5. will - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    jerry sucks.

  6. mike - Apr 18, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    John –
    Pitching coach Rick Peterson is not with the Mets. He’s with the Milwaukee Brewers. Dan Warthen is the current Pitching Coach.
    You were right about Niemann, as he is the Mets bullpen coach.

  7. jwb - Apr 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    It looks like Tobi Stoner will be making Major League money for a few days.
    Adam Rubin does not say if he will expected to hoe any roads.

  8. marm31 - Apr 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Where is Willie when you need him? Are the Mets any better today than they were 2 years ago? Seems like when they fired the last manager it was to produce a better team? Last year it was a losing season due to all the injuries- what will be the excuse this year?

  9. ks - Apr 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    will you all just shut the f up and stop complaining for one stinking day. that was an excruciating but wonderfully wild game. and the mets won it. so if you’re a mets fan, can you just enjoy one day? and if you’re not a mets fan, well even with the misery of the past few years, and the misery of our history, i feel sorry for you. the mets are a special, wonderful, magical, and delicious team to root for. how can you not love any team that had nino espinosa – one of my favoite players – who had a huge goofy afro that made his cap look like a little dairy queen mini baseball hat cup on his head.

  10. Palooka joe - Apr 18, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Take a deep breath and count to 10, man.
    There, don’t you feel better now?

  11. John Pileggi - Apr 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    There is no “how to” guide for managing a game you absolutely are sure will go 20. LaRussa, a genius and winner, had to pitch position players and essentially conceded. The issue with Jerry is simply recent experience. The team was awful last year, following two late season disasters. He has little margin for error.

  12. GL - Apr 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    If you want to talk about mis-management of the game, what about Tony LaRusa sending the pitcher up TWICE with the bases loaded and two outs. In both instances he had one more position player on the bench. Granted, until a few days ago he was their AAA catcher; still, I think he has a better chance of winning the game in that situation than do relievers who never hit (even in the minors).

  13. GL - Apr 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Oh, and as far as throwing 100 pitches in the bullpen vs putting him in the game in the 9th inning, anyone who watched the game could clearly see that the “pitches” Rodriguez was throwing in the bullpen were soft tosses during the later innings.

  14. Nasty Boy - Apr 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    That’s a cop out , he’s looking for an excuse. Man up and say you just got hit. I’ll tell you one thing , you’ll never hear The greatest of all time (Mariano Rivera) make an excuse. When Rivera loses , he doesn’t blame anyone. Take a hint.

  15. HS - Apr 18, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Nino Espinosa… Funny schtuff! True Met fan genius! Tell me any time you see someone choke up on the bat you’re not thinking about Felix Millan?

  16. Paul C - Apr 19, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    I hate Manuel but I don’t see how it’s his fault. The manager calls down the bullpen. He tells the pitcher to be ready. He doesn’t demand that he throws warm up pitches until his arm is ready to fall off. If K-rod was warm, he should’ve stopped throwing until the 8 he gets when he gets in the game. K-Rod deserves most of the blame here. He’s making an excuse b/c he blew a save. Last year he blew saves b/c he wasn’t used enough. He never likes to say he just wasn’t good.

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