You don't care whether Josh Outman gets credited with a victory, but Josh Outman cares whether he gets credited with a victory. On Saturday, with his pitch count well past the limit his manager has set for his new four-man starting rotation, Outman was pulled from his start. He was leading by eight runs, with two outs in the fifth inning and, therefore, an out short of getting credit for the win. He became the first starter since at least 2000 (as far as I went back) to leave a game with two outs in the fifth inning while leading by at least eight runs.
He did this:
Outman later made it clear that bumping his manager was an accident, and he made sure his manager knew that. "He gave me a chance to get the win and I didn't execute. The only person I can be aggravated at is myself," Outman said.
It's a funny sport, but it's just sort of inevitable that when a manager wants to try something new it's as likely to be upended by players' feeli...