I'm really glad I was in bed before this game started. I read the game recap and immediately came to this thread. I think it's time to consider that Farrell just isn't a great manager. Sure, he's good at getting guys motivated and the players like him, but his in-game strategies have cost the team multiple games this year. I want to like the guy, it just seems like his Toronto record may not have been an anomaly.
Not singling you out, because you are not alone in the thought, but as long as there are opinions like the bolded one, talk radio will survive, to the detriment of humanity.
Have his in-game strategies helped the team win *any* games? Maybe they've helped the Sox win more games than almost all the other teams' managers decisions have? Or maybe he has 0 wins and a lot of losses, and the "team" has 74 wins and many fewer losses.
I was cursing Villareal, too, but if Workman was truly unavailable, and given the speed with which Morales shat the bed, Farrell's options were limited. He's already showed a willingness to use Uehara on the road, so it wasn't some stubborn stupidity, either.
As for resting Ortiz...he played 1st the night before and complained after the game about being sore from that and the flight that day.
made a questionable decision, etc.
They failed to kill the crap-throwing Vogelsong early; Tazawa wasn't terribly sharp; Victorino made a questionable decision (to which I dont know the "right" answer -- my hunch is that in the 8th inning you get the out, but I haven't really thought it through); and Morales unraveled like a cheap suit.
If TB plays .800 the rest of the way, it wont matter if Miller Huggins is managing and John McGraw is the bench coach.