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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Game 141: Phillies 45 games over .500 (93-48)

The Phillies beat the Brewers for the the second straight day on Friday. The lineup is clearly not optimal right now with Pete Orr replacing Utley, Wilson Valdez replacing Jimmy Rollins, and Raul Ibanez playing for whatever reason. It's hard to get on Manuel at this time of year with those names out of the lineup, so I won't.

I don't really like seeing Roy Halladay throw 120 pitches this late in the season with a 5-1 lead, but I guess Manuel is trying to ensure that the Phillies beat the Brewers, who are contesting them for the best record in the NL.

Halladay went 8 innings last night, and gave up 1 run, a questionable one at that. Casey McGehee scored the first run of the game for the Brewers without ever touching home plate. The home plate umpire did not make any call (safe/out), clearly showing that he knew the runner did not touch the plate. The Phillies, however, did not notice anything, and thus did not appeal the missed base. In my opinion, it is atrocious that a player or coach must have to appeal the missed base. If an umpire sees a player miss a base, and either touch the next base, or return to the dugout in this case, I believe the runner should be ruled out immediately.

Phillies look to win the series tonight as Cliff Lee pitches against Randy Wolf.


hk said...

I agree. In a rule book full of stupid rules, the fact that the defense must notice that a player missed a base is right up there with the dumbest. If a player misses a base or home plate, they should be out. Similarly, the 1st and 3rd base umpires should quickly and decisively make all calls on check swings. Why should the defense have to ask if it was a swing? If the guy swung at the pitch in the opinion of the umpire with the best view, it should be a strike.

Anonymous said...

Agreed with your stance on appeals, especially for touching home plate. If you were on third base, miss the plate, and then end up in the dugout, you should be ruled out of the baseline and called out.

I'm surprised that isn't covered in the rulebook.