Game 13: O’s at Tribe

Ever wonder what goes into a lineup decision or sit there trying to decipher why a manager went to such-and-such pitcher to face so-and-so in a late-inning matchup? Well, for the most part, you’ll have to just keep wondering.

But, when it comes to Indians manager Manny Acta, I can provide you with some insight. When the time comes to consult statistics to help in the decision-making process, here is what Acta typically does…

“I don’t use last year or lifetime. I use the last three years,” Acta explained. “It really doesn’t do me any good if some guy was really good against a guy seven years ago. Or, if his lifetime is .300, but over the last three year’s it’s .210, I’d probably go more with that. Everybody has a preference. Some people use lifetime. I use the last three years.”

Now, understand, this line of thinking is not across the board. For instance, catcher Carlos Santana has a day off tonight for a couple of reasons. First, the man has played every game up to this point. Time for a breather. Second, he’s in an 0-for-20 slump. Good to time to clear his head.

There are times that Acta will consult stats, though. And he is a big believer in that approach.

“Everything is important. I take every single one serious,” Acta said. “I take very seriously the reports we get on the other pitchers and the stats to see which count a guy likes to throw over, which count a guy likes to throw certain pitches. That helps me in certainsituations where, ‘What’s the best time to put a play on?’

“We’ve got plenty of them, plenty of statistical analysis in the game nowadays. I look at as many as I can. I’m sure every team does the same thing to us.”

Acta laughed when asked if the Indians had any secret in-house stats.

“I don’t think there are secret stats anymore,” he replied. “It seems like every month a new one comes out. Me? I like them, but I don’t get caught up in every single one of them. It’s impossible. A lot of them, I don’t even know how they come up with them.”

On to today’s lineups…

Orioles (6-5) at Indians (8-4)
at Progressive Field, 7:05 p.m. ET

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Luke Scott, LF
6. Adam Jones, CF
7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
8. Matt Wieters, C
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Pitching: LHP Zach Britton (2-0)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Shelley Duncan, LF
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Adam Everett, 3B

Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (2-0)


1 Comment

JB, considering the amount of pressure and expectations there are for Matt LaPorta (not to mention the rumors that he has been stubborn to alter his swing as advised by the organization) do you think it is at all possible that Carlos Santana’s transition to 1B and the inclusion of Lou Marson on the 25-man roster has less to do with Santana’s injury and Marson’s report with the pitchers but rather more to do with the FO having a backup plan IF Laporta fizzles out? It’s an interesting conspiracy theory that may contain some validity from a certain albeit morbid perspective. Utopian world has Gator4God hitting 25+ HRs, 40 doubles and .285 avg with a respectable OPS.

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