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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Game 57: Manuel bailed out by good defense and Chase Utley (34-23)

Mike Pelfrey was on the mound for the Mets tonight. He's absolutely terrible against lefties. For some reason the Phils had a hard time with him. This possibly could have been alleviated by using Greg Dobbs instead of Feliz tonight. Manuel, as usual, goes with Pedro despite the overwhelming offensive advantage it would give the Phils.

Tonight we got another chance to see why the three consecutive lefties are a terrible strategy. In the top of the 8th with Utley, Howard, and Ibanez due up, the Mets used Pedro Feliciano to sit them down in order. This would have been a great time to see Werth get to face a lefty or the LHBs face a righty. We saw in the 11th how good our big hitters are against righties.

I'm quite surprised the Phillies even made it to the 11th. Manuel insisted that he use Jansas City in the bottom of the 8th, probably because that's his designated time slot. Romero faced a string of right handed hitters and only one lefty. He worked his way in and out of trouble. Quite lucky. Furthermore, for whatever "old baseball man" reason, when your team is on the road, it makes sense to bypass the best available pitcher (Madson) in the 9th, 10th, etc. innings if the game is tied. This mindset is basically saying, let's save our best arm and sit here with our fingers crossed and hope our team can score before their team. The chances of the Mets putting up a 0 in any inning are SIGNIFICANTLY higher should Madson pitch than Chan Ho Park. Park got bailed out in the 10th by a game saving catch by Jayson Werth in the gap. Then, when Utley put the Phillies ahead with his second homer of the game, Madson was used to "save" the game.

On the other hand, it's correct for the Mets to use their best pitcher (Felix Rodriguez) in a tie game. Seems that using your best pitcher is always the best case scenario. The Phils lucked out that they got to Madson tonight.

Phillies win, and will try to win the series tomorrow night as Jamie Moyer faces Tim Redding.

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