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Mills and Carpenter

I don't particularly like arguing managerial moves made during a game because we as fans never have all the details, but last nights decision to use David Carpenter was a real head scratcher in my eyes. The biggest thing that surprised me about this move is the fact the organization stated when they brought up Carpenter that he was only going to be used in non pressure situations. I'm pretty sure that the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning with your team only trailing by two runs constitutes as a pressure situation. Once again I will say that I don't know all the details but if Mark Melancon was available to pitch in this game then it seemed like he should have been the guy in that situation. It seems like Mills is reluctant to plug him into high pressure situations before the ninth inning, which you could argue that these types of situations are more crucial than the final three outs of an inning that starts with no traffic. There were no issues with the decision, as Carpenter was able to get the only batter he faced to ground out to Carlos Lee, but this is a decision that could have easily went the other way. Could you imagine the criticisms Mills would have received if Carpenter did not get out of that inning unscathed. With that being said I am glad that Carpenter rose to the occasion and got out of the inning. I am really rooting for this guy. Who knows, with all of the bullpen woes so far this year maybe Mills only needed to see one scoreless inning from Carpenter to know that he had faith in the guy.

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