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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Game 50: Manuel leaves best hitter on bench in loss (28-22)

Joe Blanton pitched rather poorly yesterday, allowing six runs in 6 innings of work. For some unknown reason, Charlie Manuel thought it would be a good idea to use Ross Gload and Greg Dobbs in the top of the order. Gload led off, followed by Dobbs. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz, who are both much better hitters than the ones in the 1-2 spots, batted 5th and 7th. The Phils lost by 6 runs and the lineup order did not matter all that much, but it definitely didn't help.

One thing that did matter much, however, was Charlie Manuel's decision to leave Jayson Werth, who did not start, on the bench in an obvious pinch-hitting spot. Gload, a lefty, was playing right field. He came to the plate with a man on base when the Phils were losing only 6-3; there were 2 outs. Since Gload was followed by 3 lefties, Bobby Cox used a lefty reliever. Manuel allowed Gload to stay in the game, who walked. Jayson Werth is the team's best hitter against LHP, and regardless of his slump, you have to use your best available player in that spot. THEN, Greg Dobbs was pinch-hit for -- with Juan Castro, the Phils' worst available player. Werth would have been the tying run had he hit for Dobbs. Castro grounded out weakly to end any chance of winning the game.

Things are not going well, and the manager is not helping.

Cole Hamels tries to even the series tonight against RHP Tim Hudson at 7:10 pm.


Anonymous said...

Manuel was kicked out 4 innings before the pinch-hit decision regarding Werth came into play.

Scott Graham said...

Yes, but he was apparently sending a runner to the dugout with his decisions (not a joke). I read it in the Inquirer