Sorry, Brad, I don't get this one. Maybe you can help me and a passel of fans. Replacing lefty Brett Wallace in the lineup with righty Jason Michaels doesn't make sense to the average fan. For that matter, baseball folk are also a little perplexed. Yes, there is an unwritten baseball rule that you play the veterans down the stretch and you bow to those players who supposedly have "put in their time". But when the season is over before the All-Star break — and, yes, this one is well-done, thank you — it's time to throw the handbook out the window. Don't get me wrong, I'm still solidly and completely in the Brad Mills' camp, but Wallace will be here in 2013. Lee, Michaels and a handful of others will not. Wallace will not be platooning then (hopefully) and shouldn't be platooning now. Be respectful of Lee and Michaels and give them their due. But not every time a lefty pitches. Here are the facts. Against left-handed starters: Lee is hitting .309 with a .338 OBP. Michaels is hitting .250 with a .278 OBP. Wallace is hitting .224 with a .309 OBP. Lee and Michaels are both 35, Wallace is 24.
Inquiring fans want to know: Why bench Wallace for Michaels?
Houston Chronicle | Jul 5