I have criticized Manny Acta for only one thing this season: the way he handles his pitching staff.
So many times this year a Tribe pitcher has had a solid outing, and Acta tries to squeeze one more inning out of them.
It never works.
This happened again with Jimenez. After laboring through five innings against one of the best lineups in the American League, Acta put Jimenez out in the sixth despite the fact he had already thrown 98 pitches in triple-digit heat.
With Jimenez's strong track record, I have the ugly feeling that Acta will overwork his newest toy.
I can see a situation much like the 2008 Brewers coming out of this. When the Brewers acquired CC Sabathia at the 2008 trade deadline, they made Sabathia pitch as much as possible as he led them to the playoffs.
Having Jimenez carry the Indians to the playoffs would be nice, but risking the next three seasons we have him for just for a 2011 playoff birth would be the wrong move.