Soriano and the save rule

Davey Johnson opted to use Rafael Soriano last night, the third night in a row, to protect a three run lead in the top of the ninth. Simple question: why in the world is Davey using his best reliever in such a low-leverage situation? Soriano is now unavailable tonight in a critical game against the team’s biggest rival. If the Nats are nursing a one run lead tonight in the ninth-inning, and their best reliever is unavailable, it will be Davey’s fault. Managers need to stop being so wedded to the specifics of the save rule and manage their bullpens in the best interest of the entire team. Davey should have opted for another reliever last night, and saved Soriano for tonight’s critical game. -Justin

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