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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Game 10: Werth beats Blanton; Manuel kills Phillies' chances (7-3)

I don't understand the harsh boos that were cast down on Jayson Werth, but that's a post for another time (his first visit back in Philly possibly). Last night's game wasn't very pretty. Blanton did not fair well against the Nationals - his second consecutive poor outing. Jayson Werth had a double and a homer in the game. Ryan Howard continues to hit the ball hard, and I sincerely hope he maintains the approach to hit the ball the opposite way.

Now, on to the worst decision of the night, and the season in my opinion. Top of the 7th, score 5-1 Nationals. Bases loaded, one out, pitcher's spot due up, Livan Hernandez still on the mound, Joe Blanton due to be yanked. Livan Hernandez's career wOBA against LHB is .353 while his wOBA against RHB is .328. With a full bench remaining, the logical answer would be to go with a LHB right? The Phillies were down by 4, so the game was certainly not out of reach. Charlie Manuel went with John Mayberry Jr. and his career wOBA against RHPs of .276. Ross Gload's wOBA against RHPs: 0.324. Brian Schneider: .308. Beyond the whole platoon split discussion, John Mayberry is a fastball hitter. Livan Hernandez is anything but a fastball pitcher. The result of Mayberry vs. Hernandez? A strikeout. On the bright side, a strikeout is better than a groundball in that case. Phillies did not end up scoring.

Worst call of the season so far? 2nd base umpire Tom Hallion can't see the separation of a ball in a throwing hand from an empty mitt that are at least 2 feet apart. He magically fired the ball to first immediately after placing the "tag" on Rollins.

I truly do not understand how people do not advocate use of replay for more instances in baseball.


Anonymous said...

Human error is part of the game. Just because we can use technology to make the right calls, it doesn't mean we should.

Michael said...

You're an idiot

Scott Graham said...

So, just because an umpire fails to see something fairly obvious to everyone else in the entire world, it means that it didn't really happen?

That's why the MLB rule book says things like:

a TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball, while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or

The definition of a tag is not subjective, it's objective. If a player fails to do what the rule says, it shouldn't matter what some man who is arbitrarily standing on the field says. In this case, a tag was not made, and Jimmy Rollins should have been safe. There is no disputing that.

Andy Musser said...

human error is not part of the game. where is the rulebook does it say umpires should make incorrect calls?