I didn't say they were all in the 6th, in the last post I said they started in the 6th and the other 2 were in the 8th.
1) I don't think you really need to go to the pen to have someone face Hamilton, one of the worst hitters in the majors. That can be argued though given that Duke was not pitching well that game. I do remember not being too upset about that move, although looking back soon after, it didn't make as much sense to me because of who was batting.
2) If removing Peralta, your #5 hitter in the 6th inning just so Siegrist can potentially pitch another inning is a good move because Garcia has been better, then Garcia should be starting in the first place. Why pull your starting SS (who BTW just hit an RBI 2B the inning before) this early? Also Garcia is your only backup infielder at this point and you have burned him and left yourself with a very inflexible bench the rest of the way, when you already were short on the bench as it was. Not smart.
3) Removing him ended up being fine offensively because Pham came up with a PH HR, and IMO the move right then to replace Holliday was fine for defensive reasons, as I have noted previously.
4) His insistence on using Broxton as the "8th inning guy" is probably a lot to blame for the last double switch. The guy is one of, if not the, worst relievers on the team. If you look at his game log
, very rarely does he have a clean outing, and many times has blown up. He is being treated like the 2nd best reliever in Matheny's bullpen (the 8th inning guy), when it is very clear that he is nowhere near that, although most of the pen has been up and down. He may have never loaded the bases with the first 3 batters, but he has gotten into plenty of trouble in all situations, so continuing to use him in high leverage situations (such as this) is a problem.
5) Unsurprisingly Broxton gets into trouble and he is forced to make yet another move to the pen, this time to Oh. Had he not already put in his only infielder from the bench, he could have made a meaningful double switch for Gyorko, but instead removes Adams for Hazelbaker to move the pitcher's spot 1 more back and completely emptying the bench when it is currently a 1 run lead with the bases loaded and 0 out. Which if not for Oh working a miracle, would be a tied game at best moving on. Which means you need offense, and you are now forced to PH with either the backup C or another pitcher if the pitchers' spot (due up 6th) comes into the game.
So he eliminated all flexibility with the early move to Garcia. Then in a spot where it looks like you will likely need more offense, he weakened the offense a lot more by removing his last bench option in making a double switch to move the pitchers' spot back 1 spot. If you think those are fine, then so be it. Agree to disagree.
Like I have said, I like him in literally every aspect of being a manager except for in game moves. And IMO he has shown no improvement in that area whatsoever since he started. If there was some way to get a bench coach who would actually make the moves for him, or at least be a key adviser on them, that would be perfect. If he is too strongheaded and wants to continue to go with his gut and with his guys instead of putting the team in the best position to win, IMO he has to go. Every time he mentions pitcher wins or saves in a press conference, I cringe. Because if there is any sort of thought outside of doing everything you can to help the team win no matter who gets the stats, then it is an awful thought process. Again IMO.