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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Game 57: Offense struggles, Manuel gives up (34-23)

I could go on and on about how Manuel fails to optimize his lineup, and explain how it only makes a difference of a handful or two of runs over the course of the season. Had he optimized his lineup tonight, maybe they provide one more run for Cole Hamels, and the even more obvious mistake that Manuel made could have been avoided.

Both offenses were stifled throughout the night, and the game went into extra innings. In the bottom of the 12th inning, the cameras showed Ryan Madson AND Danys Baez warming up in the 'pen. Anyone who has watched the Phillies for any period of time over the last three years knew what would happen; if the Phils took the lead, Madson would come in, otherwise Baez would come in and Madson would be saved for a save situation... Ryan Madson then went on to pitch a scoreless 13th inning, and the Phillies won the game. No, Danys Baez gave up a run in the bottom of the 12 on a ball that took a vicious hop over Utley's glove as he laid out to make the play.

How many times is the manager going to make this mistake before he realizes it's a mistake? This is equivalent to two people getting into a fight. Both have knives and guns. Person A thinks, "I know this person is perfectly willing to use his gun to kill me, but I'm not going to draw my gun until he draws his. I will just wield my knife until I see him aiming his gun at me."

Perfect analogy: They're essentially both suicide.

Use your best reliever before you lose the chance to draw your firearm.

2 comments:

Andy Musser said...

cole hamels threw his third lowest pitch count yesterday through 8 innings. he could have thrown 10 innings pretty easily last night. even if you dont use madson, if hamels is optimized, baez is delayed until at least the 14th.

and hamels was the best hitter in the lineup as well.

Andy Musser said...

third lowest of the season*