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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Game 120: Happ continues his hot streak (70-50)

The Phillies beat the Mets tonight, 4-1, as they proved why it is better to have Jayson Werth bat ahead of Raul Ibanez. Not only did Charlie Manuel make no mistakes tonight, his pre-game lineup did not feature three consecutive lefties.

As a result, when the Phillies held only a 2-1 lead in the 6th inning, manager Jerry Manuel was forced to remove lefty Pat Misch when Jayson Werth came to the plate. RHP Sean green, despite retiring Jayson Werth, then allowed a double to Raul Ibanez. Pedro Feliz then came up with a big 2-out hit to drive in Werth. If Ibanez is batting 5th, then the lefty can stay in to face Ibanez, and the righty can come in for both Werth and Feliz without facing a powerful lefty. Well done.

J.A. Happ pitched 7 innings, allowing only one run and several soft hits. With each round through the rotation, it looks more and more appetizing to let Happ pitch in the playoffs before Hamels.

RHP Pedro Martinez faces his former team and LHP Oliver Perez tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm.

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