Maybe its just that I follow the @JSComments feed, Haudricourt’s weekly chats and catch the occasional bit of Bad Sports Radio, but I feel like I need to say that this season isn’t really Roenicke’s fault. Or, its as much his fault as 2010 was Ken Macha’s fault.
People who are calling for Roenicke to be fired – stop it, you’re making people who have legitimate gripes and still get the shakes when they think about Mark Kotsay playing CF look like idiots.
We started this blog in 2011 after this game in which the Brewers lost 1-0. In this game Ron Roenicke had Yuniesky Betancourt at 3rd base with one out in the 5th inning, and Randy Wolf at the plate. He decided to put on the squeeze play. Wolf didn’t make contact with the next pitch and Yuni was hung out to dry.
Read that again: he attempted a squeeze play with Randy Wolf and Yuniesky Betancourt in the 5th inning.
To top it off, Wolf doubled on the next pitch and the Brewers would go on to lose 1-0.
That actually happened and is the stuff that drove/drives me nuts and makes me question RRR’s sanity.
But I digress, here are some numbers:
Those are the ERAs of the starting staff. You’re not wining many game with those numbers. It really is that simple. All the other stuff is just noise.
Sure he still struggles with basic baseball stuff like the fascination with having an 8th inning guy, and the bunting is still confusing, albeit as Disciples of Uecker point out, slightly less this year (I think its random SSS as bunting varies greatly from month to month for every team) and whatever he’s trying to do with John Axford.
So if you’re mad at Roenicke for playing Rickie Weeks, think the team isn’t fired up enough or blame him for Gallardo and the rest of the dumpster fire SP rotation being bad, google Ron Roenicke, find this site and think we agree – we don’t. Go away.