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.
This really implicates Schilling's mantra about managers in this era. For those who have not heard it, Schilling maintains that leadership trumps all and that Xs and Os pale in comparison, and can be handled by the Bench Coach. He said that a zillion times in the wake of Bobby V's hiring and again when JF was hired.
I don't know if Curt is right. To me, a manager has to have both, and without a good grasp on strategy, games like last night can happen.
But that begs another question: What was Torey Luvollo thinking last night? Why isn't he doing a better job in these kind of circumstances? Or is JF not really taking his counsel?