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Ever fantasized about being Tony LaRussa?  You haven't?  I cannot imagine why not. And today is your lucky day, because not only do you get to be that masculine god, but you get to manage National League style.  We're going to do this one in 3 parts, with questions every few hours. We'll start with a relatively easy one.

It's Friday May 12, and your Cardinals have almost caught those surprising Reds in the NL Central.  The team had the day off yesterday, after a 7-4 victory  on Wednesday over the also-surprising Rockies.  In tonight's game at home, you have Mark Mulder going against the Snakes and righty Claudio Vargas.  Your bullpen is well-rested, and as it turns out, that is a good thing because Mulder doesn't bring his A game for you tonight.  As a matter of fact, he doesn't bring his B or C game either. We're getting ahead of ourselves here.

The lineups are  posted and your scorecard looks like this:

Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Counsell  6                                           
Byrnes  8                        
C. Jackson 3                        
Tracy   5                        
Estrada    2                        
DaVanon   7                        
Green    9                        
Hudson  4                        
Vargas   1                        
Eckstein  6                        
Luna   4                        
Pujols  3                        
Rolen   5                        
Edmonds  8                        
Encarnacion  9                        
Bigbie 7                        
Molina 2                        
Mulder 1                        

"And the home of the brave", and the Redbirds take the field.  In the first inning, Mulder walks Counsell and Byrnes, and Conor Jackson follows with a long homer.  You stare off into the crowd, hunting for an interesting face rather than glaring at Mulder.  He gets out of it with just  those 3 runs.  In the bottom of the frame, Eckstein bunts his way on, and after a Luna popup, Albert unloads another homer and it's 3-2 after an inning. 

The game continues in this vein through 3 innings, with baserunners aplenty and the score tied at 4.  DaVanon makes the last out of the 3rd inning for the Snakes and Encarnacion for the home nine.  You figure that with Green, Hudson and the pitching spot up, you'll get at least 4 innings out of Mulder.  No such luck.  Green lines the first pitch to right for a single.  Mulder is unnerved and walks Hudson on four pitches.  You decide to leave Mulder in to face the pitcher; Mulder is wild but Vargas successfully lays down the sacrifice, leaving runners on second and third with one out.  You decide that it's time to take Mulder out of the game.

Who do you bring in for Mulder?  Do you make any other moves?

Stay tuned later this morning for Part 2 of YBTM and innings 4-8.
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Magpie - Friday, May 12 2006 @ 07:29 AM EDT (#146771) #
Wainwright, and no other moves. I know he's due up in the bottom of the inning, but I'm not going to do a double switch in the fourth inning. I'd like him to get me through the sixth inning if possible.

Wainwright because with two runners in scoring position and just one out, I'd like to strike out Counsell.

Bruce Wrigley - Friday, May 12 2006 @ 09:30 AM EDT (#146778) #

I'll insert Tyler Johnson, and I will do the double switch, with John Rodriguez going in for Encarnacion, who shouldn't even be in the damn game in the first place.  (AZ has an all-righthanded staff).  Johnson gets to pitch to a lefthanded hitter first in Counsell and I'm going to bring the infield in.

Counsell's not likely to strike out, but he is likely to hit the ball on the ground against a lefty he hasn't seen before.  With my good defensive infield it's a gamble I like, especially when the downside risk (a single to possibly score two runs) is not that deadly.  I'm going to tell Johnson to go right after Counsell and not get cute (pitchers give him way too much respect and he's very patient).  Ideally, the move would sucker them into bringing in Easley for Counsell, which is a substantial gain for my offense.

Of the D-Backs' three switch-hitters in the lineup, only the O-Dog is improved (IIRC) by a lefty, and he don't scare me none.  This is the right call.... if I can get them to turn their lineup around in a 4-4 game, I win in the long run and I get the kid some meaningful work too.

Mike Green - Friday, May 12 2006 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#146780) #

Interesting thoughts, Magpie and Bruce.  O-Dog hits better from the left side.

Bruce Wrigley - Friday, May 12 2006 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#146781) #
Argh, yes, I should have said DaVanon not Hudson.
Alex0888 - Friday, May 12 2006 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#146805) #

I would go with Wainwright, who has pitched 3.0 innings one time this year (and only gave up 1 hit, struck out 2) and I would like him to go through one of his at bats that the pitcher, Mulder, would have batted in anyway then plan on taking him out once his turn comes a second time to bat.  Wainwright has not pitched since the 9th, (assuming this is a simulation of today's game) so he has plenty of rest.

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