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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Game 155: Phils drop 5th in a row (98-57)

The Phillies are now 0-5 in meaningless games this season after their 7-5 loss to Washington last night, who gained a 9-8 advantage in the also-meaningless season series.

Vance Worley, 100,000x less important to this team than Cliff Lee, was only allowed to throw 97 pitches in 6 innings last night; Lee, however, threw 120 in his last start.

Worley is 1 Oswalt back strain away from a starting position in the playoffs, and with the Phils' questionable middle relief, Manuel has much more reason to stretch out Worley than Lee.

Regardless, there's virtually nothing to analyze in last night's game: no injuries, no terrible mistakes by any Phillies player or coach, and the result is inconsequential.


Robby Bonfire said...

First day following division clinching, Joe Girardi rested five Yankee regulars. Meanwhile, back at the ranchero, Charlie The Mule rested Placido Polanco, and again demonstrates the challenge of spelling the name "Brown" on a lineup card is overly taxing for him.

I see Charlie pushed Oswalt up to 110 pitches in his latest start. His pushing Oswalt to 96 pitches in Oswalt's SECOND start coming off the D.L. really says it all.

And, as with Lee, who was pushed to 120 pitches last outing, both these pitchers were pushed deeply into their respective games - while trailing on the scoreboard - so that it is not like they were working on a shut out, or even a win when they were forced to labor to a threshhold of soreness or pain.

So that here we have a manager who has a history of consistently giving the ball to pitchers having dreadful seasons, per Mesa, of the 6-run ERA as our closer; Cormier (57 appearances in his horrible final season); Baez - 29 times in half a season this year, before the GM caught on to what was happening and mercifully sent Baez packing - along with reupping the manager for two more years - go figure). And of course Terry Adams of the 12-run ERA got 16 appearances and took two losses in six weeks before his release, in a season in which the Phillies missed The Dance by one game....

All the above to go with now burning out exceptionally-talented pitchers, rendering them no longer dominating or even effective, and quite sore, at this playoff time juncture along the lines of these starters collectively allowing 20 runs to score on home runs over the last six games, to 11 runs allowed on home runs by opposition starters, in that span.

What am I saying? Just that the gross mis-handling of this team is taking on a macabre Vincent Price element of mystery, beyond the howling dogs in the mist in the graveyard warning us of impending doom.

Robby Bonfire said...

Let me add Lidge to the ledger of over-worked, combusted pitchers, re his not so lucky 7.11 ERA with a league-high 11 blown saves, in 2009.

This ballclub is set up for a fall like 10-pins in the playoffs. It looks like a virtual walk-over for the Yankees, who, unlike the Philadelphia Phillies "brain trust" really mean business when it comes to optimising, rather than reducing to rubble their talent base for the big show down. This year's World Series should be competitive and interesting for all of about 10 minutes, despite the network posturing that it is really a contest.

What's this, 28 World Championships for the best team money can buy? I lost track. Anyway there is one francise we know of that is going to be stuck with a total of 2 world championships until the sun is a revolving satellite of the earth, so thank goodness I'm a patient man.