I am a supporter. I was a big fan of Buck getting the manager job here in Baltimore but there are things that he does that leave me scratching my head.
When the Orioles signed Clay Rapada this offseason, it seemed like an odd fit. He was a LOOGY and I wondered if this team could afford to carry a guy like that in the bullpen with so many young starters in the rotation. For his career, Rapada has allowed a .505 OPS to lefthanded hitters and a 1.111 OPS to righthanded batters. Rapada could be effective when facing lefthanded batters. He should face right handed batter somewhere between rarely and never.
So what has Buck done with Clay this season?
PA K BB HR AVG OPS vs. LHB 19 7 1 0 .111 .269 vs. RHB 7 0 2 2 .800 3.057
Righties are batting .800 against Rapada. Eight-hundred.
Clay Rapada may be demoted this week but he doesn't stink. He shuts down leftie batters and get abused by righties. This is what he is. And maybe he doesn't have a spot on this team. Maybe they need a more versatile reliever at this point.
But his 11.12 ERA isn't his fault. It's Buck Showalter's.
He's trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I wonder what other decisions he is making using this logic.