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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Game 154: Manuel essentially gives up after original comeback (86-68)

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead through the top of the first, the Phillies watched as Brett Myers allowed the first 5 Marlins' batters to reach base and subsequently score before recording an out. While people might think the game was doomed at that point, the Phillies managed to come right back out to score 2 more runs in the 2nd. Back in the game, a good manager should have done everything in his power to keep his team in it; however, Manuel rarely falls into this category.

In the 5th inning, the scoring continued as Howard knocked in a go ahead run with a 2-run home run. The bottom of the 5th started with a single (stolen base) and a walk. Manuel should have immediately realized that Myers, who was already mashed around in the 1st inning, was probably not on his game and was probably done. I mean it was fairly obvious. These same batters had already hit him really good, and they now had men on 1st and 2nd. His night should have been over at this point, but of course Manuel is always a few steps behind. Cantu doubled to deep left center, then Manuel had Myers intentionally walk Jacobs to load the bases, then Uggla singled to score one and keep the bases loaded. Manuel then brought in... Rudy Seanez? Why would Manuel choose him over an actual good pitcher? I don't know. Seanez hasn't been used in a while, so he was most likely not going to be on his best stuff before he even before he got up. Why not bring in Madson (who threw 18 pitches in the last game vs the Braves and had off the night before and is very good against lefties) to pitch to the following batters. Almost anyone is better than Seanez. This was a really crucial point in the game, and Manuel blew it. He gave his team a terrible chance to succeed and he should be held accountable for it. After Seanez came in, the Marlins scored 4 more runs before the inning being over.

Nothing else reallly matters after this point in the game because teams only realistically come back once per game, but this is not sufficient with the Phils current manager. That was brutal. Hopefully Myers just was experiencing a small problem after going a COMPLETE GAME ON 3 DAYS REST. Another questionable decision by Manuel.

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