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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Game 45: Phils lose first series in a while (25-20)

Manuel again went with 3 consecutive lefties tonight, and tonight was a prime example (not the first one we've seen) as to how this plays perfectly into the hands of the opposing team. Meyer came in for the Marlins to face Victorino, Utley, Howard who he retired promptly. He was then left in to face Ibanez in the following inning after which, he was replaced by a righty. Why are opposing managers so much more on top of the L/R matchups than Charlie Manuel? Gonzalez realized he could take advantage of the situation and then replaced Meyer with the threat of Werth due up next.

Had Manuel used a slightly different order, he could have avoided basically handing the Marlins 3 sure outs, and possibly could have permitted Jayson Werth to face a lefty or Ibanez (or Utley or Howard) to face a righty. They could have potentially chipped away at the lead instead of putting all the pressure on the team to make a large comeback in the 8th and 9th.

Besides the 3 LHBs in a row, I thought Manuel did a pretty good job with moves tonight. Manuel double switched Stairs into the game in the 8th inning with the hopes that his spot would come up again in the 9th. Not only did Stairs homer in his first AB, but he did come up again, and walked to load the bases.

The Phils made a valiant effort in an attempt at coming back tonight. However, they losed the 3rd and final game of the series.

Hopefully Brett Myers isn't injured too badly. The team, Jayson Werth specifically, looks like he could use the day off tomorrow to clear his head. Werth has been slumping lately, and hopefully can pick it up this weekend.

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