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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Game 135: Phils win pitcher's duel (77-58)

Cole Hamels was solid again last night.

I actually liked what Charlie did with his lineup again, except I honestly would probably put Werth 3rd or 4th against lefties even if it means moving Ryan Howard out of the 4 hole. What I did like was how Manuel flopped Victorino and Ibanez. Both Rollins and Victorino are significantly better hitters batting RH vs lefties. They actually have pretty solid wOBAs from the right side (Rollins - 0.352 and Victorino - 0.378).

Due to Brad Lidge's unnecessary appearances in the games on Tuesday and Wednesday, he was deemed unavailable last night. This meant that Jose Contreras was used in the 8th vs 8,9, and 1 in the Brewer's lineup. He recorded 2 Ks and needed 15 pitches to get out of the inning. I bet everyone out there was scared when Madson came in to face Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, and Prince Fielder to get the save in a 1-run game. Madson has very good stuff, and is a very good pitcher. He only needed 11 pitches to retire some of the best hitters in the NL. There should be no fears about Ryan Madson pitching in any relief situation. He's the best reliever on the team, and advanced metrics (not memory recall) will prove this.

Today, Roy Halladay faces RHP Dave Bush.

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