Right...that roll is fine for him. He doesn’t have to get everyday at bats. Him sitting and not playing for a week doesn’t matter.
But Diaz, who has a higher upside and is more likely to be a main piece of the future, should play everyday.
McKenna has proved useful as a pinch runner and defensive replacement. He actually got into 11 of the 13 games for which he was active prior to today. Of course, you need runners on base to use a pinch runner, and you don’t use defensive replacements when you’re losing, so that ruled him out today.
First four innings: 26 ER in 72 innings = 3.25 ERA
Fifth inning: 21 ER in 18 innings = 10.50 ERA
We’ve only allowed five fewer earned runs in the fifth inning alone than we have in the first four innings combined.
It would be nice to just bring in a reliever to start the fifth inning in every game John Means doesn’t pitch, but that’s not very practical. (Means, by the way, has not allowed a run in the fifth inning).
Having not seen the pitch, I can’t say whether they seemed to hit Sisco intentionally. We do know that he gets hit a lot.
I had a look at 2018-19 (NL only) to see if the no. 8 hitter gets hit more often than other spots. If you squint hard, you might say yes.
Overall: 0.99% batters hit
Batting 7th: 1.06%
Batting 8th: 1.11%
Batting 7th: 1.15%
Batting 8th: 1.26%
My guess is, if this is anything more than just random chance, it may be a matter of pitchers being more willing to pitch inside to the 8th batter in an effort to get them to hit a pitch they can’t drive, rather than hitting them intentionally.
By the way, don’t make too much of the fact that both no. 7 and no. 8 get hit more than average. The average includes the no. 9 spot, which has much lower HBP numbers than any of the others for obvious reasons.