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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Game 96: Managing Charlie (52-44)

Weird turn of events. Most things went smoothly with Charlie's managing today. However, Bob Melvin's team made some strange choices in the top of the 7th. I'm not sure whether Connor Jackson made this decision all on his own, or he was given the bunt sign, but he bunted with men on 1st and 2nd an 0 out. He bunted it right to Pedro Feliz who got the fielder's choice at 3rd.

Jackson, whose OBP against lefties is an outrageous .486, and who was hitting Hamels pretty hard all day, decided to leave it up to Orlando Hudson (OBP .336 against lefties) to knock in the runners. I think Charlie misled Jackson by yelling at him to bunt, because he thought it would be a smart play for the Diamondbacks and was trying his best to blow the game for the Phillies, without outright blowing the game for them (I'm on to you, Charlie).

Charlie's good day was abruptly tarnished when, in the post game press conference, a media personality asked Manuel who will be pitching after the break. In a serious manner, Uncle Charlie said something along the lines of: "I'm not real sure. I have it written down somewhere. I'll have to find it because I'm not really sure." You almost made it Charlie.

Cole Hamels pitched today. What better way to start the "second half" of the season, than to have Cole Hamels (on usual rest) pitching the first game back?

I don't know a better way.

Do you?