Judging from most comments yesterday, you’ll all be happy with today’s lineup.
And while I’m saddened to know that some of you have lost respect in me because I defend the team’s decisions, you’re certainly entitled to that. I think it’s also important to know that just because I try to explain their decisions and I defend Grady, Ned and everyone else here doesn’t mean that as a fan, I agree with every single thing that we do every single day. Just like all of you, I have my own opinions but as many of you have learned in your own careers, everyone expresses their opinions in private and then you come to a group decision. Once that decision is made, you publicly stand behind the people making it. You don’t point fingers, blame others or explain why you were right and someone else was wrong. That’s called being a good teammate and those who don’t do that are promoting themselves above the team, no matter what walk of life you’re talking about. To me, that’s a pretty slippery slope in a world where people need to lean on others for a group’s success.
At the end of the day, Grady has a .558 winning percentage as a big league manager, which is among the best of all active big league managers, if not the best. That’s not an accident and the name of the game is winning. Ned has been a GM for one year and the team went to the postseason while holding onto the future prospects that are so highly valued by everyone in the industry. So I’ll gladly defend both of them and their decisions and try to explain why they make the decisions that they do, even if some of you don’t understand that reasoning.
As for David Wells and his pending signing, there will obviously be those who agree and those who disagree with it and again, that’s a very welcome part of the game (and this blog). Some of you asked for an explanation and while I’ll leave that Grady and Ned who will obviously be quoted on the record once it’s official, as a fan I can say that I think it’s a pretty low-risk signing. I don’t think anyone would argue that we haven’t exactly seen great results out of the back end of our rotation and hopefully David will have enough left in him for five or six quality starts before the end of the regular season. But in response to the comment made about Wells vs. the fifth-round pick that wasn’t signed this year, I can tell you that the two are completely unrelated. They come from totally different budgets and the dollar values on one is drastically different than the other.
All that said, here’s today’s lineup:
UPDATE: Brett Tomko designated for assignment