Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Odd decision by Yost

Down 1 in the 9th inning Ned Yost had to pinch hit for Greg Holland, with his choice of three players he inexplicably picked Jarrod Dyson (.185/.313/.185) over Mitch Maier (.317/.440/.439) and Wilson Betemit (.286/.343/.407). It was the wrong move whether it would've worked or not but, surprisingly, it didn't.

Dyson only exists in the Royals realm because of his speed not because of an ability to get on base. Ned might have been thinking that if Dyson could get on and steal second, then he could score on a single by Cabrera (who in fact did single) and he would still have Maier and Betemit on the bench should the game go into extra innings. I hope he wasn't thinking that because that's just crazy, I mean, prolonging the game should always be the first priority. But we've seen him do things before that suggests he worries more about potential moves should they tie a game rather than actually, you know, tying the game.

Dyson is a fun little weapon, when used correctly of course - unfortunately that's a qualifier Yost completely forgot last night.

As for the rest of the game, I found Josh Duggan's analysis at Royals Review to be pretty much spot on.