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Monday, September 20, 2010

Game 150: Manuel hears that Phillies won on drive home (89-61)

No, not really, but Manuel essentially gave up on the game in the 7th inning.

Joe Blanton pitched a solid game until the 6th inning when he lost a 4-1 lead by giving up a 3-run homer to Morse. This made the score 4-3 in favor of the Nationals, and apparently was enough for Charlie Manuel. In the top of the 7th, Manuel went to Danys Baez. Outrageous. Baez is a terrible pitcher. Naturally, he surrenders a home run to extend the Nats lead to 2 runs. 5-3, top of the 8th, Manuel goes to Romero! Again, this awful reliever gave up another run, as to be expected. Then, Manuel used Contreras to get out of the trouble, as if he suddenly realized the game was still attainable, and might slip away.

Manuel has used Madson recently in games where the team was up by a lot of runs. Why can't he use a quality pitcher in a game where the team trails by only one run? It's a much higher leverage situation.

Werth and Howard took care of business, so Manuel will probably not have to answer any questions on the topic.

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