Gordon Wittemeyer has proven he is a witless ninny
Here's the truth: Carlos Marmol did not lose the game (although it is a little unnerving to see him poop himself in postseason action). Uncle Lou did not lose the game for taking Z out after 6 sweaty desert innings.
They lost because, last night, they couldn't hit Brandon Webb, a fairly common occurrence, especially amongst heavily right-handed teams like ours.
You don't think Lou realized this early on? Our only real shot of winning last night was for Z to throw a shutout. Once he gave up a run, and considering Z's volatile emotional state, Lou did a remarkable job of psychoanalysis.
If he yanks Z while we are behind, Z gets hung with the loss, and he spends the next week steaming over that.
If he yanks Z while we are ahead, and somehow the bullpen coughs it up, he not only spends the next week steaming over THAT, he probably beats someone up, too.
But, in a tie situation, Z can sit back, consider himself lucky, and be in the best frame of mind for his next start.
So Lou took that route, and gave Marmol a try. Now, Marmol is our most statistically spectacular reliever. But he is quite unproven in the postseason. If we just go by the numbers, we might be compelled to lean on him, to go to him in an ultimate must-win situation. But why make that assumption if you don't know how he responds to Real Playoff Pressure?
So rather than waiting until an elimination game to try him out, he breaks him in a relatively gentler fashion, a tie game in Game 1. Now, we know that Marmol has a little Cap'n Tightpants in him, at least after October 1st. So maybe we put him back in there sometime in Game 2 or 3 when we are either ahead or behind by a few, let him get his legs under him, so we can possibly count on him for a Game 4 or 5.
But maybe there isn't going to be a Game 4 or 5, Captain Slothy?? Uncle Lou threw away Game 1 by yanking Z too soon! For cripes sake, jagoffs...throw THIS away. We lost last night because our gutless lineup couldn't hit Webb. Not that its a real disgrace. He IS after all the reigning Cy Young holder. If they can get from Webb to Valvoline, whatever their closer's name is, forget it. Webb was Dealin' last night, this kind of thing will happen.
Do you really want a guy like the Dustbag, who can only think one game (hell, one minute) at a time, or do you want someone who can see the big picture? Lou knows, that if our hitters start hitting, there WILL be a Game 4, and we are actually set up better for Game 4 than if he wrung Zambrano out for every last pitch he had. He also knows what he has with Marmol, and maybe when the chests get tight and men reach for their nutsacks, maybe instead of reflexively reaching for Marmol, he insteads opts for Wood or Howry.
Let's see what we have tonight, because if the hitters don't show up tonight, it ain't gonna matter how well Marmol does under pressure. We ain't gonna have a chance to find out.