Paul Hoynes is a master of saying a lot without saying much at all. Here's his description of the 9th inning of yesterday's 4-2 loss to the Reds:
"Aaron Boone (1-for-24), pinch hitter Ben Broussard (3-for-31) and rookie Kelly Shoppach (1-for-8) grounded out even faster than Coffey sprinted in from the bullpen to start the inning. Wedge could have pinch hit Eduardo Perez for Shoppach but felt Shoppach earned the at-bat because of his work behind the plate."
Translation: "it is baffling that Wedge would use an AB with two outs in the bottom of the ninth of a 4-2 game as a 'reward' for his back-up catcher, rather than send in an experienced pinch-hitter like Eduardo Perez, when the tying run is in the on-deck circle in the person of the team's second-leading home run hitter, Grady Sizemore."
I know it was debated in the thread yesterday whether Perez would truly have been a better option (.235 average against right-handers), but it's troubling if the better option was not even what Wedge was thinking about.
I don't believe this 33-41 record is primarily Wedge's fault, or that he should be fired. But public mistakes such as this one are going to make it easy for people to use him as a scapegoat.