Gagne Gets a Pass.
Once again Eric Gagne coughed up a game into his hand, and handed it to another team. However, unlike some of his failures over the past two years, this time he gets a free pass.
Gagne had thrown in three consecutive games and this was his fourth. Why? Why would they take this risk? He had been successful in the past three appearences, but even that is too much. Four days straight is too much to ask for a pitcher to have success in. And I really have no idea what Ned Yost was thinking. Unless he knows that Gagne has some hidden superpowers, which believe me, he doesn’t, then he should have used another reliever. Yost apparently listened to what Gagne had to say, and basically left it up to Gagne, according to ESPN.com.
This is where a manager must take over. Rather than listen to his player, the manager must say to himself, “This is the 4th day in a row I am going to use this closer, it just doesn’t make sense. I must go with someone else.” But he did not, and Gagne lost the game. But it was really Yost that cost them this win.