If you don't use your best pitcher in the ninth inning because you're saving him to close the game if you get the lead, you may never get a chance to use him.
Yes, I know I've written something like this before. It was never just a Willie Randolph problem. There isn't a manager in baseball who grasps what would seem to be an elementary concept. The Mets had a choice of using their best reliever in the ninth inning last night (at least their nominally best reliever - isn't that what a closer is supposed to be?) or using a back-of-the-bullpen rookie slated for yet another trip back to New Orleans. Jerry Manuel chose Carlos Muniz. Predictable results followed.