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
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)