Tony LaRussa sucked any enjoyment out of watching baseball games he was involved in by relentlessly over-managing them and essentially ruining the fluidity of the contests. Apparently that hasn’t changed despite his retirement.
LaRussa will manage the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game and he is already causing issues. Without a doubt New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey has dominated all of baseball this season but LaRussa won’t commit to him as the NL’s starter for this year’s game.
By any statistical measure Dickey deserves to start, but because he is a knuckleballer, LaRussa claims the NL’s starting catcher Buster Posey may not be equipped to handle him. So the manager may wait until reserve Yadier Molina is behind the plate to bring Dickey in from the bullpen.
That logic is absolutely ridiculous.
I know the All-Star Game “counts” now, but Dickey is a 37-year-old who will probably never get another chance to start the Mid-Summer Classic. He has earned the right to do it and should be given the chance, defense be dammed. Buster Posey is a big boy, he can figure out a way to catch Dickey for an inning or two.
Dickey is 12-1 and leading the NL in wins. He is also first in WHIP (0.93), second in strikeouts (123), third in ERA (2.40), and third in innings pitched (120). Dickey even tossed back-to-back one-hitters in mid-June.
The guy has been filthy all year and has earned the chance to start. LaRusso needs to stop over-thinking for once and just do the right thing. Dickey has been the best pitcher in all of baseball so far this season and he should be on the bump to start the All-Star Game this year.