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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
According to the win expectancy finder, the Marlins had less than a 1 percent chance of winning the game last night heading into the bottom of the 8th. However, Manuel marched Hamels out to the mound anyway.
Hamels is on pace to throw the most innings of his career, and, for the first time, the Phillies are juggling the rotation to get Hamels an extra start before the all-star break (he will pitch Sunday in Atlanta). Last night was an obvious game to rest him after 7 innings (or even 6), but I guess Dubee cares more about Hamels' right hand (he forced Hamels out of the Sox game in a 0-0 tie) than his left arm.
There was absolutely no reason for Hamels to take the mound in the 8th inning last night.
Tonight the Phils go for the sweep when Kyle Kendrick faces Anibal Sanchez at 7:10 pm.