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Monday, September 26, 2011
The best part of the day was Manuel's realizing that Halladay doesn't need to be throwing 100+ pitches in meaningless games -- he was removed after only 6 innings and 77 pitches. Well done.
However, it will be very frustrating if Manuel removes Cliff Lee in a similiar fashion tonight if the game is close, especially after how he's overworked Lee in the recent past. I really want to see the Braves miss the playoffs (which also would mean the Phils would face the Carpenter-less Cardinals in the NLDS -- he would likely be unavailable until game 3), so I will not be referring to the Braves series as "meaningless." Manuel should be trying to win these games, within reason.
The Phils look to play spoiler tonight at 7:10 pm in Atlanta when Lee faces RHP Randall Delgado.