"The scouting report on me happens to be that I'm a breaking-ball pitcher," he protested, adding, "Yes, all those big hits were off breaking pitches."
Murtaugh allowed as how he might have some second thoughts about his platooning tactics but said he reserved the right to make his own judgments on such matters. This was in obvious reference to unfavorable opinions on platooning advanced earlier in the week by the benched Oliver. After the first game, however, Oliver was as charitable as only a man so vindicated can be. Yes, he'd like to play all the time, he acknowledged, but, "This is the way he [ Murtaugh] manages."
Weaver was hard pressed to describe just how he manages. It was brought to his attention that benching the best defensive outfielder in the game for an offensive platoon was remarkably prescient. Weaver modestly demurred.
"During the season I went by the pitching charts," he said. "I'd play whoever I thought could hit the pitcher best. It was all very scientific. Almost computerized. Today, I didn't have any charts, so I just looked up the batting averages and played the guys who had the best ones."
Modern science, it appeared, had given way to bookkeeping.