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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Game 76: Phils swept in Atlanta as Madson fails again (39-37)

In the Braves lineup, there are not many left-handers. The only true lefties who started the game tonight were Brian McCann and Casey Kotchman. In the bottom of the 8th inning when the score was 2-2, McCann led off for the Braves. Charlie Manuel decided to let RHP Ryan Madson face McCann, who owns a career .894 OPS vs. right-handed pitching. Against lefties, McCann owns a .791 OPS. However, despite that LHP JC Romero was available and is only serviceable against left-handed batters, Charlie Manuel trotted out Madson to face McCann. Madson allowed a lead-off double and the entire inning went down the drain. Game over. Romero never pitched.

There is absolutely no harm in allowing Romero to face one batter, then removing him. In fact, that would guarantee that Romero would not face any RHB, who reached base at a .443 OBP last year against him.

Yes, the bats were quiet, and yes, Madson is not bad against lefties. But Romero is by far the best LHP in the pen, and McCann clearly prefers right-handed batters. It's about time Manuel learns how to use Romero effectively.

The Phils play the Mets tomorrow at 7:05 pm when RHP Rodrigo Lopez faces RHP Livan Hernandez.

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