When Astro manager elected to replace starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez after eight innings of three hit ball to go with his closer, Brett Myers to close the game in Pittsburgh on Sunday he was doing what most major league managers would do.
He followed the "Book" or the recognized strategic move used in modern baseball. Then he got the pages slammed on his fingers.
Myers was not as automatic has he had been for the first nine save opportunities he had worked and a one run lead was lost.
The question that many Astro fans had even before the Pirates scored a run off Myers to tie the game that the Astros would ultimately lose in twelve innings was why was Mills so determined to lift his starting pitcher who was showing no signs of fatigue or decline and had only thrown 94 pitches?
Mills made a mistake in blindly following "the Book." Rodriguez should have at least been given a hitter by hitter chance to work the ninth inning. If he had allowed the first hitter he faced to reach bas...