Saturday, August 09, 2008

Ned Yost Is The Worst Manager In Baseball

Dusty Baker, if he read the Journal Sentinel today, is a happy happy man:
Yost sometimes says he doesn’t necessarily look for results, rather
that a player is having good at-bats. So that could be what he means
because the numbers don’t defend his statements.
Excellent. Why would you want a guy who actually performs well when you can have a guy who, for some reason, appears to perform well.
“That’s the name of the game,” Yost said. “You definitely try to ride the hot hand. We’re trying to win every single game.
Here is the hot hand Yost has been starting. Over the last two weeks, the Brewers have played 9 games. Counsell has started in 8 of them. Here is how hot he is:

34 PA, 5 hits, 1 double, 2 BB, 6 strikeouts. .156/.206/.188. OPS: .393. OPS+ of 26.

Not even any "purist" go-to stats. No runs, no RBI.

“We were struggling at that point (when he began starting more) trying
to get runners on, and ‘Couns’ has a good on-base percentage

Clearly Ned Yost is now just messing with Witrado. As his stats above clearly show, Counsell does NOT have a good on-base percentage.

“My last 60 at-bats or so have been pretty sporadic so it’s been
really tough to find some sort of groove. It’s easy to say I haven’t
played well in my last 60, 70 at-bats, so I guess you can say I’m a
victim of circumstance. But our team’s doing well so it’s hard to gripe
about anything right now.”

With those at-bats coming periodically, it has been difficult for
Branyan keep a rhythm, which is always a concern for a guy who isn’t
playing daily or at least semi-regularly.

Awesome that two weeks ago, Yosts justification for playing Counsell so much was that he needed to keep him ready because he was such an excellent contributor. Branyan, with his career OPS of over .800 meanwhile, doesn't even get to sniff the field. Not surprisingly, he is a great guy about it.

The only logical explanation for the above statements from Yost is that he literally has no clue what constitutes acceptable offensive performance from a major league hitter. Screw advanced metrics, Yost doesn't even understand the concept of on-base percentage!

“That’s the name of the game,” Yost said..."We’re trying to win every single game."

Honestly, I no longer believe that to be true.

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