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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Game 139: Overused and abused (76-63)

Manuel was doing pretty well all night, up until the 9th inning (is it just me, or does he really just not understand how to use the bullpen?). One can question his allowing Hamels to come out to start the 8th. I mean if they're planning on using Mr. Musser's idea to have Hamels throw against the Mets on Sunday, they could maybe have taken it easy on him tonight with a 4-0 lead. However, he came out to start the 8th, got hit around, Romero came in, no harm done.

To the 9th (up by 4), Manuel thought it necessary to use Lidge for the 3rd time in 4 days in a game in which the Nationals had at best a 2.1% chance of winning (The Book). I mean, it's really unlikely that even Rudy Seanez would blow this game. Lidge came in and unnecessarily threw 18 pitches tonight, and could be expected to go tomorrow. If he is NEEDED to pitch tomorrow, that will make it 4 times in 5 days that he will have to pitch. Yes, there is a day off on Thursday, but when it comes down to it, the Phils will most likely need Lidge to be a big part in the next series with the Mets (Cole Hamels is integral, too). Hopefully, Manuel will be ready to use Lidge in a crucial high-leverage situation for this Mets series. Even if people insist he can only go one inning, a looming threat in the 8th is much more important than bases empty in the 9th.

Lidge pitched today, with his team up by 4 runs. This is abuse of his arm, and it should not be tolerated. I don't know what the hell he was thinking.

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