St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny Admits Mistake Says Learning On The Job
St. Louis Cardinals rookie manager Mike Matheny was second-guessing himself after Tuesday’s night Win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Right-hander Kyle Lohse had shut out the Reds and had thrown only 90 pitches when Matheny did not let him start the eighth with the Cardinals leading 1-0. A dominant outing was nothing new this season for Lohse, who had allowed only one run in each of his first two starts.
Matheny’s over-managing kept Lohse from becoming the second three-game winner of the season after the Reds evened the score in the eighth with the help of two errors, one by reliever Mitchell Boggs. Afterward, Matheny showed he is not above admitting a mistake.
“In hindsight, absolutely I’d like to put him back out there,” he said. “I know that watching a win go away from your starter hurts. It hurt as a player and it hurts as a manager. You realize the guy deserves to come out of there with a W.”
He said the decision to take out Lohse was not made easily.
“Lot of consideration of leaving him in there,” Matheny said. “But that fourth time going through the order can be a tough thing, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our bullpen right just like I will tomorrow. At that point, I thought we were in really good hands.”