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Monday, September 6, 2010

Game 137: Phillies fail to complete sweep (78-59)

Kyle Kendrick was not good in yesterday's outing. However, Manuel did have a quick leash, and this was a good thing. The Phillies ended up losing, and there wasn't much worthy of noting.

Manuel split up the LHBs again yesterday with Randy Wolf on the mound. I'm not really sure why he does it against a LHP and not a RHP. In my opinion, it should be the other way around, and here's why I believe that. Utley's numbers vs. LH starters and RH starters are very close. Howard's number vs LH starters are worse than vs RH starters (obviously), but much better than his stats vs LH relievers. This should make sense as LH relievers are usually specialists who have good sliders and fastballs that Howard visibly struggles with.

Taking this one step further, if a LHP is starting on the mound (team A), the opposing manager (manager B) is likely to stack his lineup with RHBs. Thus, later in the game, with a lineup full of RHBs, manager A would probably avoid using his lefty relievers against mostly RHBs. In my opinion, it is more important for Charlie to split Utley and Howard up with a RHP on the mound because they are more likely to see a left-handed specialist with a lineup full of lefties (especially if Raul is up higher in the lineup). However, I think they should be constantly split up as statistical analysis has shown that the 2nd and 4th hitters should be filled by a team's best batters.

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