I originally wrote this as a comment in another thread, and didn't really get any response. I apologize if that is against blogger protocol. But I genuinely want to know what other people remember about past team line-ups under Sosh. I don't always trust my memory.
Has Sosh ALWAYS been this bad about mixing up the lineups, or has it gotten worse the last year or two? I seem to recall 2002 being a very consistent team. 2004 as well. Maybe 2005 started to get spotty when he finally gave up on Finley in CF, and we had no Glaus at 3B, right?
It seems to me that a team always does better when there is consistency. Sosh has become the antithesis of consistent. I would understand little changes from time to time like if he didn’t want to play Trumbo at 3B when Wilson is on the mound, but this has gotten ridiculous. Why the hell does someone as young and athletic as Bourjos or even Aybar or Kendrick need multiple days off already in the season?
In past years, Sosh had been forced to get creative because of holes. For example, he had to use a number of different third basemen after Figgins left because no one was sticking. But this season, it seems like our lineup has no holes in it. We have above average players at all positions. Why not just let them play and gel as a team, for heaven’s sake?!
I also despise the double standard that no one ever talks about (although I know I have on HH in the past): Sosh insists on enforcing “roles” when it comes to pitching, but he resists “roles” when it comes to hitting. If Walden is always going to be handed the ball in the 9th, why isn’t Bourjos always in CF?
It irks me to no end that Sosh has yet to run out the best possible lineup even once this year to my knowledge. If Trumbo is in, then he leaves Morales out. If both Trumbo and Morales are in, then he leaves Howie and Bourjos out. What the hell is going on? What is his obsession with giving guys days off? The players don’t want them, and most of them don’t need them. And the fans don’t want them either! Is Sosh just infatuated with the supposed luxury of having that kind of flexibility and depth? I just think it is hampering the team’s ability to become cohesive.