In a post to his blog for the Daily News, Adam Rubin explains why, ‘It’s plainly obvious Manuel wants to keep Omir Santos, and not Ramon Castro, when Brian Schneider is activated from the DL.’
In the ninth inning yesterday, the Mets down one run, the bases loaded and two outs, and Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom on the mound, Manuel chose to pinch hit Santos in place of Castro.
Santos popped out to end the game.
Rubin writes, “Manuel has a motive aside from trying to win the game Wednesday and thinking Santos is a better choice than Castro to come through. It may simply be to get Castro outta here, by trade or designation for assignment and release.”
SNY cameras showed Castro walking out of the dugout and in to the clubhouse mid-way through Santos’s at bat.
Following the loss, Manuel told reporters he chose to pinch hit Santos for Castro, because Santos has a ‘shorter swing,’ and he believed he would be a better match up against Lindstrom’s 98–mph fastball.
…not that i am castro’s biggest fan, but, castro’s supposed longer swing didn’t seem to be a problem getting two hits and an RBI against Josh Johnson… i’m just saying…