Baseball managers insist on using "by the book" wisdom on an everyday basis. Unable to adapt in different game contexts, one of the more popular wisdoms is using your closer in the 9th inning of a tied game at home. In most case closers are used incorrectly, but that's an entirely different story saved for another day.
Tonight, following the Mets tieing the game in the 8th inning, Manuel followed conventional wisdom in the following frame. In the next inning, Manuel went with the conventional wisdom choice in Jon Papelbon. The problem? The pitcher, a previous pinch-hitter in Scott Hairston, and leadoff hitter Ruben Tejada, who really shouldn't be leading off. The Mets pinch-hit their pitcher with Justin Turner, owner of a crisp .309 wOBA this season. Hairston, a respectable .354 wOBA hitter(but .325 career), and Tejada, a .314 wOBA hitter followed. Basically, the worst part of the Mets' lineup was due up. All were also right-handed.
What does Charlie do? Naturally he opts to use his best reliever on this part of the lineup with the plan of using B.J. Rosenberg(a RHP keep in mind) in the 10th.
Now you're probably wondering who was due up in the tenth. The answer: left-handed Daniel Murphy(career .337 wOBA vs. RHP), David Wright(.385 wOBA this season), and left-handed Ike Davis(career .362 wOBA vs. RHP). Left-handed Lucas Duda(.360 wOBA vs. RHP) was due up fourth.
Basically, Charlie opted to use his best reliever for the Mets' worst part of the lineup while using arguably his worst reliever against the best(and left-handed) part of the Mets' lineup.
Daniel Murphy flied out to center (Fliner (Fly))
David Wright singled to second (Fliner (Fly)).
Ike Davis doubled to center (Fliner (Fly)). David Wright scored.
Lucas Duda singled to center (Fliner (Liner)). Ike Davis scored. Lucas Duda advanced to 2B.
Kelly Shoppach homered (Fly). Lucas Duda scored.
Mets win 9-5.