I really like Dave Miley. Overall, I think he’s a fine manager, and he’s the only Reds manager that I’ve liked since Davey Johnson.
That said, I have one big problem with him: he seems to have no clue about lineup construction. Example number 33,563: today, Miley has Joe Randa hitting cleanup. On a team with Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Wily Mo Pena, Dave Miley decides to let Joe “Average” Randa hit fourth.
I know the arguments that lineup construction is overrated, in the context of winning. But still…can anyone think of a good argument for this?
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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