IIRC he did last year.. maybe Im wrong (I have a crap memory) but didn't he go to Stokes/Ayala as his 8th and 9th inning combo? But yeah this year hes pushed Stokes aside to long relief for whatever reason.
Its also about time they dumped Takahashi and started to use Stokes more often. You cant just let both of them rot in the bullpen, those are 2 valuable spots for a team thats not getting much relief pitching help from anyone not named Green/Feliciano (and K-Rod but he only pitches in the 9th)
edit: btw I would strongly advise the Mets to tack on a run this inning.. Ludwick, Ankiel, Molina all due up... all of them have good power, and Chris Duncan is a lefty bat with great power that LaRussa has on the bench.
Yeah he trusted him last year (that's why this year's such a darn mystery to me) and he did reasonably well considering...but early in the season they pigeonholed him as the long reliever - which he's not suited for - and for some reason got in Jerry's doghouse early. I can't tell you how many times Jerry's driven me to exacerbation this year by his lack of use of Stokes.
Yay, 3 up and 3 down for K-Rod in the ninth. I almost forgot what a win felt like.
Edited by Hasan4978, 22 June 2009 - 09:09 PM.