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Monday, September 22, 2008

No nitpicking here

Very rarely will you see both of us comment on the same situations in a game, but this was probably the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a while (the daily misuse of JC Romero has become commonplace in my mind, while it is still unacceptable).

I would first like to comment that I watched most of the game with the TV muted.

In the top of the 7th inning, Rudy Seanez was brought in to get out of an inning. With the game on mute, I was not entirely aware as of who was warming up in the bullpen (I was also doing a boatload of work from my "day job"). When I see Happ face his final batter with a man on 2nd base in a tied game in the last week of the season, I assume a better pitcher is coming in to relieve the threat. When I see Rudy Seanez is that man, I can't help but scratch my head (hard I might add). There is no way in my mind that the Phils make it out of the inning unscathed. However, they did, and Seanez came out to start the 8th (another questionable decision), then pitched in a jam and the Phils again came out unharmed.

As a viewer, when I see Seanez and Eyre used to get out of tough situations in a close game (a situation I believe they should never be in), I assume that the Phils best relievers are unavailable. Then, seeing Madson come in to pitch the 9th up by 4 runs, I have another question. Does some sort of wild animal run this team? I can only answer yes. Madson was saved for a 4 run 9th inning lead, but Seanez was used in a tie game with a runner on second? Something is very wrong here. Now, Madson probably can't come in tomorrow in a potential tie game in the 7th inning with a man on 2nd because he came in to pitch the 9th up by 4, a role that could have easily been fulfilled by Adam Eaton, Kyle Kendrick, Clay Condrey, Les Walrond, or probably So Taguchi (he hasn't played alot lately, he's probably fresh).

This is seriously as bad as I'm making it out to be. In my humble opinion this may be the worst logical decision of the year.

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