Last night highlighted the never-ending saga of the Clint Hurdle tenure. His decision to remove Francis was one for the ages. One has to question the reasoning. Lifting Francis after two batters and one out in the eight and allowing him to hit with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh defies explanation. If he was going to lift him in the eight, why hit him in the seventh with a potential game breaking situation at the plate. The potential to send up Hawpe and orchestrate a double switch was in order. As it was it played out in the worst case scenario.
This shows in my mind an inability or gut feeling regarding certain game nuances. I would have thought that given only 79 pitches (the number on the Coors Field pitch tracker) and a shutout he would have allowed Francis to face at least the on deck righthanded hitting Grudz.
The next few days may see the end of the Hurdle era. It was pretty ugly in the stands last night following the debacle.
Sure Hurdle stepped up and faced the music as he always does. The question remains is to how long will Rockies management accept his apologies. The man has a very losing record as a manager. Was a bust as a player. He has shown no inclination or flashes or brillance as a manager.
Joe Girardi looms as a strong candidate. Given the situation in NY and the potential for an implosion there any day, how long will Rockies management wait to make a move? Or do they have no interest in Girardi given his management struggles last year in Florida?
Girardi has proven he can produce maximum results with minimum talent. He would seem tailor-made for the Rockies situation.
Was last night the straw that broke the camels back? Or yet another bad decision, by a bad organization that seems to accept losing and poor performance as the rule rather than the exception.
Is this a watershed moment or just another day at the office for an organization that cannot produce results?