Apr 26, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon (23) talks to home plate umpire Mike Estabrook (83) after a reviewed play during the sixth inning between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Lloyd McClendon: Does He Know What He’s Doing?

So, last night Lloyd McClendon‘s lineup consisted of Abraham Almonte back in the leadoff spot and Cole Gillespie facing another left handed pitcher and you have to wonder, “does Lloyd McClendon even know what he’s doing?”

Because me personally, I don’t think he even has a clue……kinda like Jack Z. Does he even watch Almonte bat? Or does he even know that Gillespie bats way better against right handed pitchers than lefties? If he wanted to just do the righty/lefty match-up that’s up to him but if I was manager I wouldn’t be playing the odds I would play to the stats.

For starter’s why would you put Kyle Seager in the number 7 spot in the lineup? Seager’s more comfortable in both the #2 spot and in the #5 spot in the lineup. Seager’s career batting average is .316 when batting 5th and .297 when batting 2nd.

As for Gillespie his career batting average against left handed pitchers is.188 while he bats .266 lifetime against right handed pitchers…….am I the only one seeing this?

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  • maqman

    He Who Has The Pencil should be erased. Let the Mariner Moose manage, I like his odds comparatively.

  • JJ Allen Keller

    I agree, but the sample size you are working with for the splits isn’t all that large.

  • tedsfrozenhead

    This is one of the worst articles. I trust the instincts of a man who has spent a lifetime in the game before the thoughts of this writer. To suggest a man with this much time in the game doesn’t watch the games or knows what he is doing makes one want to question your credentials.

    • JJ Allen Keller

      That’s an appeal to authority fallacy. Just because he has been around the game doesn’t mean he knows how to best construct and utilize a team. And there is plenty of evidence to suggest the opposite is true, for most managers, not just Lloyd.

      As outlined here, Almonte leading off, poor use of platoons, and moreover sitting Ackley and Miller consistently are all moves that should be questioned, and show LMC isn’t infallible as you suggest.

      • tedsfrozenhead

        Nope. I am putting my money on a man who has spent a lifetime in the game and not that of an unpaid writer. It’s not even close. Second guessing is pretty easy, especially when you can pretty much do it in any scenario.

        • JJ Allen Keller

          If you actually agree with him, fine. But it’s a fallacy to base the merit of the argument on the person, rather than the actual content of the argument. The validity of an argument doesn’t change based on who says it.

  • Jeff

    A new manager who has just completed his first month managing this roster.. there’s so many people including the author of this story, who completely overreact to the most insignificant of issues, wanting massive roster shakeups based on the smallest of sample sizes