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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Game 69: Phils lose because of wasted opportunities (37-32)

The only complaint I have with Charlie Manuel tonight is his usage of J.C. Romero in the bottom of the 8th inning. Last year, despite his "good" performance, Romero allowed righties to reach base at a .444 clip. Terrible. Therefore, when Romero pitches to 3 righties out of 5 batters in the 8th tonight, bad things will probably happen. He allowed BJ Upton to lead off with a double, and the rest of the inning was terrible. Romero allowed 3 runs, and the Rays turned a 2-1 game into a comfortable 7-1 margin heading into the top of the 9th.

Romero should not pitch to righties. His career OBP-allowed versus righties is .380, and that number is probably deflated since he is 33 years old. In the 8th inning, instead of allowing Romero to pitch to the top 5 batters of the Rays' order, Ryan Madson probably would have been a better option. Yes, he is your "closer," but all that means is he is the Phils' best pitcher. In a 2-1 game in the bottom of the 8th with the top of the lineup coming to the plate, you should use your best pitcher. Instead, the Phils allowed Romero to face 3 righties, and since he only retired one of them, the Phillies never had a chance in the 9th.

Also, when the score was 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Jayson Werth came to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out. The last two batters to reach base were Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who both walked. Despite this, Werth decided to swing at the first pitch. He grounded into a double play. If the pitcher were a lefty, I wouldn't comment because Werth is deadly against left-handed pitching. Agaisnt righties, however, he is much less dangerous. In a situation like that, he should not be swinging at the first pitch. The Phils scored zero runs in the inning.

Tomorrow night at 7:08 pm the Phillies go for the series win when LHP Antonio Bastardo faces RHP Andy Sonnanstine.

1 comment:

Henry Rowengartner said...

Can we trade Rollins for Pat the Bat? He would almost certainly be a better leadoff hitter and based on Rollins bonehead play at short, probably a better shortstop too.

Seriously though, the NHL can kiss my ass. I love how they didn't want the Flyers in the Fenway park game but NBC shoved it down their throat. Fuck you Bettman.