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Thursday, October 23, 2008

World Series Game 2: Manuel, umpires, announcers can all burn in hell (1-1)

I honestly don't know where to begin. I don't know what to say.

We have said over and over and over that Pedro Feliz has no business starting against RHP. If Manuel was smart enough to know that Feliz owns a !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.279!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on-base percentage against righties, Matt Stairs would have batted 7th instead of Feliz. Feliz had 3 at bats vs. righties today, and each one occurred with 2 men on base and 2 men out. GUESS WHAT? He was 0-3, stranding all 6 runners on base. THE PHILADELPHIA, TAMPA, AND NATIONAL MEDIA WILL TELL YOU THAT THE PHILLIES LOST BECAUSE THEY LEFT TOO MANY RUNNERS ON BASE. That is partly true; however, they will fail to tell you that they left so many runners on base because the Phils weren't using their best hitters! What an absolute disgrace. Nobody in the media will second-guess Charlie, even though a semi-rational person knows that Feliz CAN'T HIT RIGHTIES. Stairs would have had THREE at-bats against righties with men in scoring position. Instead, the Phils had their worst hitter against RHP at the plate. Why? Because Greg Dobbs is slightly inferior defensively. Ladies and gentleman, Charlie Manuel just threw away game 2 of the World Series.

Also, Feliz's final at-bat with men on base came in the 6th inning with 2 outs. Before Feliz's at-bat, Joe Maddon brought a new pitcher into the game, RHP Dan Wheeler. When a new pitcher is inserted into the game, he must pitch to at least one batter. THIS WAS MANUEL'S CHANCE TO MAKE UP FOR STARTING FELIZ. He could have put Stairs into the game for Feliz, and he would have been guaranteed to face a righty!!! Then, Manuel could have simply removed Stairs for Bruntlett and allowed Bruntlett to play third for the remainder of the game. Instead, Manuel made the worst possible decision, allowing Feliz to bat against a righty. He failed, shockingly.

Now, onto the umpires. 1) Brett Myers walked Akinori Iwamura to start the first inning on a pitch that was right on the edge of the plate. Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley called it a ball, even though the rest of the game it was a strike very consistently. The Rays scored two runs because of this. 2) Danley called Rocco Baldelli out on strikes, and then overruled himself for no reason, and let Baldelli go to first. Now, everyone in Tampa thinks a swing and a miss is a ball. The Rays scored one run because of this. 3) Jimmy Rollins was BLATANTLY hit with a pitch in the 9th inning. I heard it hit his jersey a thousand miles away, but Danley had too many cowbells in his ears to hear it. Rollins was retired, killing the Phillies' rally.

More on the announcers later. I have to eat some Cap'n Crunch to calm myself down.

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