So, no, of course there isnt a good explanation for Ned Yost leaving Jeremy Guthrie in for the eighth inning of a critical game in Detroit.
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
The only good thing to say about Yosts mistake is that he copped to it afterward. From Bob Duttons gamer:
I thought he had really got settled in. I thought he could get us through the bottom of the order, but I pushed him too far Hindsight is 20-20, and there will be a lot of that.
Its a small distinction: this wasnt hindsight. With the Chiefs defense going all 1990s on the Cowboys Sunday, I didnt see the Royals game but was trying to follow it online. When MLBs wonderful Gameday website told me Guthrie was coming out for the eighth inning, even after 100-and-some pitches and having given up 12 hits, I had to double check yep, there it is to make sure the Royals still had the American Leagues best bullpen.
Watching an archived version of the game on MLBs wonderful At Bat app didnt provide any better clues for why Yost left Guthrie in.
Yost got exactly what he deserved when Guthrie hit what turned out to be the game-winning home run to Alex Avila.
The decision didnt necessarily cost the Royals the game whos to say what the bullpen wouldve done? Whos to say when the Royals couldve scored another run? but it did cost them their best chance.
At this point in the season, a mistake like that is unforgivable. The Royals are trying to stay in a playoff chase, and theyre already on the outside looking in^. Every mistake and every success will be magnified.
^ As it stands right now, they are 3 ½ games behind Texas and Tampa for the wild card spots with three teams to chase down and 13 games to do it.
I think you guys know where I stand on Yost. I dont think hes great, and I dont think hes terrible. I hate his lineup construction, but think hes done a really good job with the bullpen. I dont like a lot of his strategy, but think hes done a really good job with the clubhouse. I do think that a managers greatest contributions are not strategy, and I do think that fans and media tend to vastly overstate a managers importance, and I do think there are probably three or four fan bases in baseball that actually like their manager.
I also think Yost just made his biggest mistake with the Royals.
And I think there are a lot of Brewers fans nodding their heads, feeling like theyve been through this before.