McLaren and his not-exhausted six-man bullpen
McLaren’s carped a little about only having 11 pitchers on his staff. The issue, though, isn’t that the bullpen can’t handle the load, it’s that McLaren’s using his bullpen badly — there’s just no other way to put this.
He has two relievers well-suited to long relief, and he’s burning Green every other game. He’s got two lefties, and he’s not using them even in situations where there are several lefties due up and they could be neutralized by a left-handed reliever. He doesn’t seem to realize that Rowland-Smith is on the staff at all.
And then, because he knew I was working on this post, he threw O’Flaherty in the 9th against some lefties. It didn’t work out, but good for thinking in that direction for once. If only he’d realize there’s another left-handed pitcher that can share the workload. Or… well, there’s a lot of things I wish they’d realize.