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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Game 58: Manuel forfeits a two-run game (34-24)

The Phils probably would have lost tonight regardless of Manuel's bullpen use, but when he used JC Romero in the 7th inning against multiple right-handed hitters, it was just a slap in the face to any Phillies fan who understands simple strategy. They were trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th. At this point in their careers, Wilson Valdez is probably just as effective against right-handed batters as Romero is.

However, Manuel either doesn't know how bad Romero is against righties, or he just doesn't care. I'm not sure which is worse. Romero faced four righties and two lefties in the inning. He got the two lefties out pretty easily, while 3 of the four righties reached base. One scored. Danys Baez pitched the 8th inning and allowed another run.

Jose Contreras unnecessarily relieved Cole Hamels last night in the 9th inning, yet he was nowhere to be found tonight to keep the game close in case the Phillies made a late rally (which they did).

Romero should be the last option out of the bullpen unless it's a mop-up role or lefty-only situation. Unfortunately, we've seen many times where Manuel treats a deficit (even a one run deficit) as a mop-up situation.

The Phils scored one run in the 9th inning and left the bases loaded. If the score was still 4-2 when Polanco hit the bases-loaded single in the 9th, it probably would've tied the game.

The offense is pretty bad this year, but that doesn't mean the manager is blameless.

Tomorrow Pittsburgh goes for the sweep when Roy Halladay faces RHP James McDonald at 1:35pm.

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