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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Game 76: Roy Halladay, master of the CG loss (41-35)

The Phils lost a game they should have won today, 4-3 to Cincinnati. Roy Halladay allowed 4 runs on 13 hits in 8 innings of work. The Phillies should win every game when they lead by 3 runs in the 6th inning, but Halladay was not on top of his game (he allowed the most hits of his career).

A couple mistakes by the manager today:

Greg Dobbs batted second. This is the second consecutive game this has happened, and it is absurd that he is batting 2nd, one of the two most important slots in the order, while Raul Ibanez bats 6th. Shane Victorino, the leadoff man, made the final out of the game with the tying run on second. If a legitimate hitter were on deck instead of Dobbs, perhaps his at-bat would have gone better.

In the top of the 9th inning with Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha, and the pitcher's spot due up for the Phils, Charlie Manuel pinch-hit for Sardinha and the pitcher. That's good. He did not pinch-hit for Valdez, even though Brian Schneider was still available to hit. He would have had to enter the game in the 10th anyway to replace Sardinha. It is a bad mistake to let Valdez hit (.638 career OPS against RHP) instead of Schneider (.718). The difference in talent is significant, and Manuel missed it.

The Phils are now 3.5 back of the Braves as they head into Pittsburgh for a 4-game series tomorrow at 7:05 pm when Cole Hamels faces RHP Daniel McCutchen.

1 comment:

Scott Graham said...

Knowing the importance of the top of the lineup to the success of the team, I would prefer to see Manuel stack the top of the order even if it means the bottom of the lineup is trash.

Something like Shane, Jimmy, JW, Howard, Ibanez would be fine with me. Dobbs, Valdez, and C could go in any order after that in my opinion. The 2nd and 4th spots are statistically supposed to be your best hitters so you could even switch Werth and Rollins.

I should be in attendance in PNC Park for at least the games on Friday and Sunday.