Everyone talked about how great he was and how he pushed all the right buttons during the World Series. He made the right decisions, put the right guys on the field and made the right decisions late in games.
But now, everything just seems different.
Take yesterday, for example. Instead of using Sergio Romo to close out the game, Bochy used Casilla, who had played poorly in two straight games. Casilla gave up two hits and retired two batters, but then he gave up a walk-off home run to Derek Norris.
Instead of cutting the NL West deficit to two games, San Francisco stayed three games back.
This season, Bochy has continuously frustrated me with his decisions. Even on Saturday, he seemed to cost the Giants a win (before Ryan Theriot saved him).
With a 9-4 lead in the seventh inning, Bochy gave the ball to Sergio Romo for one inning instead of using Shane Loux or a young reliever with less experience. Romo shut Oakland out for one inning. Then Affeldt did the same.
However, the A's came back in the ninth.
Shane Loux got two outs, but he also walked a batter and allowed two hits. Bochy took him out for Casilla, which I was fine with. However, he left Casilla in for three batters, and the score was 9-8 for Javier Lopez.
Bochy made the right move by putting Lopez in against a lefty, but Lopez walked Seth Smith. Bochy was forced to use Clay Hensley instead of Romo, and Hensley got lucky. Ryan Theriot made a great catch in right-center field to end the thrilling game.
As you all may know, Tim Lincecum is struggling. He has a 6.07 ERA, a 2-8 record and has continued to struggle. Lincecum posted a quality start (3 ER in 6 IP) against the A's, but Bochy has continued to do nothing about the issue.
Instead of skipping a start or letting Lincecum work things out in the minors, Bochy has left Lincecum in the rotation. I see him doing the same thing with Barry Zito.
Zito is 5-5 with a 4.35 ERA, but it's no secret he is headed downhill. In Zito's last three starts, his ERA has jumped from 2.98 to 4.35, and his record is 0-3. Zito isn't going to bounce back, but because Bochy loves to play veterans, Zito won't be heading for the minors.
I can't blame Bochy for San Francisco's failures on the trade market. I also can't blame him for the team failing to realize that they need a starting pitcher and would benefit from a shortstop and a reliever. However, his decision-making and his lineups have frustrated me.
Bochy used Pat Burrell way too much last year and he is using Aubrey Huff too much this year. Huff deserves no playing time, but because of Bochy's love for veterans, Bochy still uses Huff (although not as much anymore).
I like how Bochy has Angel Pagan hitting ahead of Pablo Sandoval, but I think it's time to move Brandon Belt up. Sandoval is struggling, and the only other hitter close to doing what Belt is doing is Buster Posey.
Overall, Bochy has frustrated me this year. He made some risky decisions during the postseason run in 2010, but they paid off. However, right now, they aren't paying off.
And that's why Bochy needs to go.
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