Charlie Manuel frequently makes poor strategic decisions. The 11-million dollar scoreboard in left field would probably do a similar job. We guarantee a post analyzing Manuel's decisions for every Phillies game. Please click on our aliases below to email us.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
As far as in-game managerial decisions, there's not a lot of complaints for Manuel. Halladay went 7 innings, and was trailing by 3 runs when Charlie used JMJ to pinch hit for Halladay. Manuel used Antonio Bastardo to pitch to a few hitters in the 8th before giving the ball to Michael Schwimer to face RHB Alfonso Soriano.
However, Manuel let Schwimer come out for the 9th inning with the Phillies only down 2 runs. While I won't rip Manuel's head off for the decision, I'd probably like to see him try and protect a 2 run deficit a little better in the future especially with Victorino, Wigginton, and Ruiz due up in the following inning.