Colorado Rockies' Clint Hurdle's Confusing Bullpen Management

JerseySenior Analyst IApril 29, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 22:  Manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies looks on during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 22, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 2-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Yesterday, Rockies closer Manny Corpas once again pitched in a non-save situation.

Result: He gave up the game-winning run.

This is the third day in a row that Corpas has pitched (the fourth time in five days), and not once in that span has it been a save situation.

I don't know what kind of managerial brainstorming Clint Hurdle is doing, but it's really not working. I can understand bringing in your closer in a non-save sitch if he hasn't pitched in a while. You need to give the guy work so he doesn't get rusty.

But Corpas is far from rusty: he's exhausted.

What happens if there's a save to be made tonight? Will Corpas even be physically able to pitch the ninth? That would be four consecutive days, and five days out of six! Pitchers can't do that, or they turn into Scott Proctor!

I really cannot understand for the life of me what Hurdle is thinking. It's really, really puzzling.