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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Brewers demolish lefties, so the Phillies should skip Moyer

The Milwaukee Brewers' starting lineup is a FORCE against left-handed pitching. Assuming Rickie Weeks starts tonight's game (he may be injured), the Brewers will start seven righties and one lefty (Prince Fielder). The Phillies, unfortunately, are starting lefty Jamie Moyer on the mound.

Over the past 3 seasons, tonight's Brewers' lineup averages a .374 OBP against lefty pitching. That is certifiably insane. For comparison's sake: Chase Utley's career OBP is .377.

Over the past 3 seasons, tonight's Brewers' lineup averages a .518 SLG against lefty pitching. For comparison's sake: Chase Utley's career SLG is .528. Essentially, when a lefty is on the mound, the Brewers have eight Chase Utleys (Utlies?) in their lineup. It's fascinating, really.

If you're Charlie Manuel, you must be aware of these numbers. And, if you are, then why on earth wouldn't you save Jamie Moyer for Friday's game against the Marlins? The Phillies have had two off days in the past five days, providing Manuel with plenty of room with which to juggle his rotation. The correct strategy would be moving Blanton up to tonight's game, moving Cole Hamels up from Thursday to Wednesday, and moving Brett Myers up from Friday vs. Florida (a team that generally kills Myers) to Thursday vs. Milwaukee (a team that struggles against RHP).

Instead, Manuel does everything "by the book," and he's allowing the Brewers to face two lefties this series in Moyer and Hamels instead of just Hamels. The Phillies would have a much better chance at winning tonight's game if Joe Blanton were the starter.

Hopefully, my point will be moot in three hours. Go Flyers.

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