Welcome to the world of second-guessing, Mr. Jennings.
Dan Jennings, the GM turned-rookie manager, made a decision that blew up in him Tuesday night. He brought in lefty Mike Dunn to close out the seventh, then left Dunn for the eighth to face the Diamondbacks’2-3-4 hitters, two of whom are right-handed.
Jennings said he had a gut feeling about Dunn, and experienced managers had told him to trust his gut.
The numbers show that Jennings’ decision wasn’t crazy.
Dunn’s career splits are not that different. Left-handed batters have hit .220./.304/.321 against him, right-handed batters .243/.343./410. He’s not really a left-handed specialist. He’s actually faced more right-handed batters than left-handed batters.
But you have to wonder why someone would voluntarily — I assume Jennings wasn’t forced to change jobs at gun point — switch from the relative security of the general manager’s job to the manager’s job.
What was Jennings thinking?
So far the problems that got Mike Redmond fired — a weak offense and shaky bullpen — have cost the Marlins the first two game of Jennings’ tenure.
And now Jennings has to answer for them every night.