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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Game 90: Managers utilize same strategy, get different results (56-34)

Yesterday, Mr. Musser spoke about the common visiting manager's strategy in tie games in the bottom of the 9th and games that go to extra innings. I've also addressed this topic before, and I just cannot comprehend how someone can think it's a logical decision to save your best pitchers for innings that may never come. The manager's goal in the bottom of the 9th, 10th, 11th, etc. innings should be to get his team's offense up to the plate again. The best way to do that is to throw his best pitcher.

Last night Fredi Gonzalez kept Kimbrel in the bullpen with the hopes that his team would eventually take the lead, and Kimbrel could close the game. The Braves lost. Gonzalez did not change anything today, and used Venters, O'Flaherty, and Sherrill each for an inning prior to the Braves taking the lead. All of these pitchers are very solid (Sherrill's 2.22 ERA is the worst of the 3), so it's not like Gonzalez was really putting his team in danger.

Maybe we would be having a different discussion has Charlie Manuel not made what is in my opinion, an egregious error. Neither Mr. Musser nor I have pointed this out much recently, but stacking lefties in this series is essentially psychopathic. The Braves bullpen contains those three relievers I just mentioned, all of whom are left handed pitchers. I don't like seeing Utley and Howard batting back-to-back, but harping on it constantly gets tiring, but putting Utley, Howard, and Ibanez in a row against this team is just terrible. No, the lineup isn't ideal right now with the injuries, but Rollins, Mayberry, and Ruiz could be used to break them up somehow. Put Utley 2 and one of them 3, or put one of them in the 5 hole because Ibanez is done anyway.

Manuel 1, Gonzalez .5 (?)

Tomorrow, Cole Hamels tries to help the Phillies win the series as he pitches against Derek Lowe.

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