Jose Fernandez was slated to pitch in the second game of a doubleheader against the Twins on Tuesday. Ricky Nolasco was slated to start the day game – but a switch was made. Nolasco got the word at 10:30 in the morning, went back to his hotel and adjusted. He was a bit frustrated based on the report, but he got through it – and even got his first win of the season. “I was told at 10:30,” Nolasco said Tuesday night. “I’m not going to talk about that situation. I know what I’ve got to do. I’ve still got to go out there and pitch. Happy or not, whatever the situation is, I have to go out there and do my job.”
The reason for the switch was given by Mike Redmond; basically, it was speculated that Fernandez would fare better with warmer weather as opposed to the colder weather that would set in during the nightcap. “We weren’t really sure what the weather was going to be like,” Redmond said. “There was the possibility of just playing one game today, and not knowing if it was going to snow again, or what. When we saw the sunshine, it made sense to put Fernandez up to pitch Game 1. Ricky’s a little more accustomed to throwing in the cooler weather.”
Reports have surfaced that Jeffrey Loria made the call to get the switch done. If true, it wouldn’t be out of character for the much-maligned owner as Loria has been linked to Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez’s quick exits. He obviously dismissed Ozzie Guillen after only one season. Such a move would only undercut Mike Redmond and spell bad news for a franchise that is having a horrible start to the 2013 season already.
Yet there are reports that deny this is the case. Ken Rosenthal says Loria had nothing to do with that decision and Marlins beat writer, Joe Frisaro, also backs up that claim.
So we are left scratching our heads. I admit, it was a dubious decision to flip the two pitchers – I thought maybe it had something to do withe TV ratings, but Loria doesn’t have a direct investment in the ratings so that is probably a moot point. It would be a sigh of relief to know that Loria is not trying to micro-manage this franchise but instead letting his baseball people do the job they were hired to do.