Mets reliever Darren O’Day had just lost his close friend and former Los Angeles Angels teammate Nick Adenhart a day before and yet manager Jerry Manuel decided to trot him out in a crucial ninth-inning situation against the Marlins. The result was a walk to Hanley Ramirez and a walk-off hit by Jorge Cantu.
Clearly Adenhart’s death was still on O’Day’s mind, so Manuel should’ve gone to Brian Stokes instead. He should’ve known that even if someone says they can pitch doesn’t necessarily mean they’re emotionally ready. Had O’Day been the last option, then obviously it’s a no-brainer. You do what you have to do. In this case, Manuel had another option.