chevyman58 wrote:R27 wrote:It's like what I've been saying about Maness right now. He has a 1.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP and has been the best reliever in the bullpen since the beginning of July. But he's pitched in precisely one above average leverage situation in the first 9 innings and that was bailing Garcia out of a first and third situation in the 6th inning of a game in July. The guy is pitching as well as ever, but is only being used in mop up.
Doesn't this paragraph, in 'n of itself, describe the subjectivity of how we form opinions and often interpret them as fact? Isn't it entirely possible that the very reason he's pitched "as well as ever" is because of the way he's been used, the situations he's pitched in?
Absolutely, there's also been a couple times I've wondered out loud, perhaps not on here but at least on the UCB podcast, that I wonder how many choices that get made to favor one player over another that get attributed to Matheny as "favoritism," especially as it comes to younger players, are actually as simple as the analytics department saying one player will be better than another.
So it's entirely possible that Maness has been successful because of the role he's in. But the only way to really test that theory is to put him in more important situations. And it's not like the rest of the bullpen is so bulletproof that there's no opportunity there. Furthermore, it's not like he's a rookie getting his feet wet like if he were Tuivailala or Kiekhefer or Socolovich, who I'd understand reluctance to throw them into tough spots, but he's been in Mike's bullpen for three years and until this year was Mike's go-to guy in the fireman role. There's a reason he consistently led the bullpen in the Win Percentage Added metric since Matheny became the manager. So I don't understand the reluctance to use him in that role again, given that he's been so successful with the opportunities he's been given.