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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Utley's injury worse for Phillies than it seems?

I just posted this comment on Crashburn Alley. I'm adding more to it here, but to me, this is something to seriously consider.

This just popped into my head while I was reading an article about competition for bench spots since Utley could open the season on the 15-day DL. The article addresses Manuel’s desire to open the season with 11 rather than 12 starters since “all 5 pitchers can go deep in games”.

Is anyone at all worried that Manuel might begin to leave the starters in longer than they might normally pitch? This could cause both immediate and long-term problems.

If Manuel makes the decision to leave a starter in that is clearly out of gas, games could slip away. We all should remember times when Manuel left Joe Blanton in too long, or used Cole Hamels to start another inning when clearly their outings should have been up. Also, if this becomes a habit, maybe pitchers are accumulating unnecessary innings right from Opening Day that could lead to being worn down later in the season/post season.

Am I crazy, or could the trickle down effect of Utley’s injury pose an even deeper problem than just the obvious? There is one positive that could come out of this: Manuel will have a more difficult time burning through the bench in a 9 inning game. Nothing is impossible though.

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