Oh Jerry

16 Apr

By Jim Walters

When a manager is on thin ice, every move is even under greater scrutiny.

With that being said, Friday night’s loss falls on Jerry Manuel.

Manuel, who often manages with white gloves, pulled Oliver Perez with one out and the tying run on second. Perez was in control of the game, throwing strikes and had the bottom of the line-up coming to the plate.

Manuel pulled Perez, who  had 97 pitches thrown. The only way I can make sense of this is that Manuel wanted Perez to get out ahead, instead of trusting the lefty to finish the inning.

The other mistake from Manuel came before the game started. The manager once again put Mike Jacobs ahead of Jeff Francoeur in the line-up. All Francoeur does is hit and all Jacobs does is make outs. Manuel is too in love with the lefty-righty match-ups.

When a lefty pitcher comes in to face Jacobs late in games, Manuel puts Tatis in that spot, giving this aging player too many opportunities to fail.

This team struggles enough to score runs with Carlos Beltran out, no offense from center and Jose Reyes out of form. Manuel’s line-ups are missing the mark and he his hurting this club.

The third strike of this Friday night goes to Manuel’s confusion over where to bat Reyes. We heard Manuel chirping about moving Reyes to the third whole, but after Reyes shared he wasn’t comfortable in that role, as well as Francoeur’s criticism of the move, Manuel backed off.

It is never a good sign when the manager’s decisions are dictated by his players. Manuel knows he can’t lose the players in the clubhouse, leaving this manager walking the plank.

As the Mets showed fight once again in a late-inning comeback attempt, I couldn’t help but wonder what Manuel was thinking. At the end of this month, ownership will look at one thing, results in wins and losses. Why, because it’s wins and losses which will either bring people to Citi Field or keep them away.

Games like tonight may not cost the Mets the division since it’s still April.

However, for Manuel, and probably Minaya, games like tonight makes the end of the plank that much closer.

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2 Responses to “Oh Jerry”

  1. keithosaunders April 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM #

    It can’t come soon enough for me. Taking Perez out was a gutless move. You want your players to have toughness and last night’s game was Ollie’s to win or lose. Manuel, like many managers in this corporate age, manages by the book. THis, however, is taking timidity to a whole new level.

  2. keithosaunders April 17, 2010 at 3:59 PM #

    Just posted about last night on my blog.

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