You Be The Manager
I thought there was a great debate opportunity tonight. Here is the situation:
Carlos Zambrano finished the seventh inning having allowed one hit, one run, and two walks. At that point, he had thrown 105 pitches.
Carlos Zambrano was due to lead off the eighth inning. The score was tied 1-1 in Dodger Stadium.
Jon Koronka will be starting tomorrow's game, and the Cubs do not have an off day for the next eight days. The bullpen has thrown 6.2 innings in the last two games, but you have eight relievers currently on the roster, one of which will probably be sent down tomorrow to make room for Koronka on the active roster.
Do you pull Carlos Zambrano for a pinch hitter (who bats? your choices are Michael Barrett, Todd Hollandsworth, Jose Macias, Jerry Hairston Jr, and Enrique Wilson), or do you leave Zambrano in to bat for himself?
My answer will be in the comments tomorrow afternoon... I'd like to see your thoughts there too.