I’m not very impressed by J.J. Putz. One week ago he blew a tie game in the 8th inning (against the Cardinals). Then yesterday he blew a one run lead in the 8th inning. This is the kind of game he was brought in to hold. Overall he’s 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings. He’s got 4 holds and 1 blown save. Certainly not the stuff of a closer, which is essentially what he is even though he’s the 8th inning specialist on this team.
You can talk from now until doomsday about the odd decision to pinch hit a cold Omir Santos, who had been warming up relievers in the bullpen, for Ramon Castro, who already had 2 hits on the day, with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth. That was definitely not one of the wisest decisions Jerry Manuel has made. But if Putz hadn’t blown the lead in the 8th it would not have been an issue.