It took over 40 games before I had the urge to send you a letter about how you’ve been managing. I know the team is hurt, and that you’re working against some heavy odds to keep the team near the top. For that, I owe you some thanks – the team is doing better than expected considering the problems. Your team may be in third place in a couple of days, but that’s no big deal – just stay within spitting distance and if the troops heal soon I think you’ll be ok. Ignore the gloating from parts south, it’s way too early and remember that those cooing about a resurgence and about domination were bailing out on their team three weeks ago. These people can’t be trusted, they are clearly unhinged and still suffering from PTSD, so ignore the noise this weekend.
However, and this is the important point, last night I caught the game and it seemed like you reverted to your old bad-self, and I want to make sure that you don’t end up in some sort of downward spiral back to where you were mid-season last year, when you were managing the team like Nick and Jessica are managing their marriage. So, just to remind you: Alan is terrible at pitching to righties (I think you know that he had, before yesterday, a 6+ ERA against them, but I will tell you anyways). Matt is great at pitching to righties (I am hesitant to point out that he has a sub-1.00 ERA against them, lest it look like I am calling you stupid). Work on that hook, and I’ll write again soon.