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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Game 153: Manuel removes Kendrick after 79 pitches (98-55)

The Phils lost the first of their two games today by a score of 4-3 in 11 innings against Washington.

Kyle Kendrick, having the best season of his life, allowed 0 runs and 0 walks while striking out four over six innings. He needed only 79 pitches to complete those six innings. Why, then, was Kendrick removed for Michael Schwimer?

I realize the result of the game is meaningless, but the bullpen ended up throwing 5 innings in the first game of the doubleheader, which clearly puts pressure on Cliff Lee to avoid the bullpen in the nightcap. Manuel has it the opposite: Kendrick should be stretched as much as possible, and the bullpen should be ready to go in game two. Manuel made the exact same mistake 5 days ago in the previous doubleheader, as well.

Schwimer came into the game and allowed three runs, causing a loss in the standings and a much heavier workload for the bullpen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also, Schwimmer blows against LHB... and he faced 3 of them during that inning where he let up the 3 run shot.

Wait a minute, Schwimmer just blows.