Does anyone else have issues with some of the managerial decisions in yesterday afternoon's game?
1. After six innings and 86 pitches Correia took a seat in favor of Matt Hague with no outs and nobody on. On one hand we were down 2-0 and had 12 outs left to make something happen. On the other hand, Verlander was in a groove and Hague has a .550 OPS with no homers. Odds of Hague triggering a rally? Not good. Meanwhile it would have been nice to get another inning or two out of Correia considering that he was settled in and we were six games into a 20-game stretch without an off day. Not the easiest dilemma to quantify but I would have leaned towards leaving Corriea in the game.
2. After a Jones homer tied the game Chris Resop went back out to start the 7th. McKendry had made the final out of the 6th so a double switch with Barajas would have been a nice clean way to get one of our top relievers in to face the top of the Tiger lineup in what was now a tie game.
3. When the Tigers put a man a scoring position in the 7th Resop stayed in the game to walk Fielder and face Delmon Young. This could have been a perfect opportunity to turn to one of our ace relievers- Hanrahan or Grilli- in the highest-leverage situation we were likely to face instead of dogmatically holding them back for 8th & 9th inning hold/save situations. We still had an ideal double-switch opportunity on the table with the catchers, so it would have been simple to keep Grilli in (we don't want to think too far outside the box) to handle the 8th inning. I don't understand the reluctance to use our best pitchers in the most dangerous situations rather than clinging to traditional inning assignments and crossing our fingers.