Well, Hopper, I know you have loathed Leyland almost from the day he arrived, so it doesn't take much of anything to get you all over him, but this time (and I agree with you almost as much as I don't) I agree with you. I think Below has pitched admirably. He doesn't overpower, but he has some ability to locate and I like his demeanor. I would say his future is as a set up guy. He doesn't look like a guy who can get through a lineup more than twice before they figure him out.....but then Porcello is that way too, I guess. Wasn't he considered the long lefty out of the Spring? Why shouldn't he pitch to a RH'd hitter with a man on second with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th with a 1 run lead? Sheesh. If you want to see what a raw rookie can do in that situation (Ortgega) why not find out what your (somewhat) experienced guy can do?
I would have left Below in or at least brought in Villareal over the kid. Not only was it bad on Leyland's part it was a disservice to Ortega. I know. I know. It's the bigs. If you're there...you're there to perform. But it was asking a lot of a kid to make his ML debut there.