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.
Monday, May 7, 2012
No mistakes from Manuel tonight; I was okay with Hamels' throwing 109 pitches, because the score was still only 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning. With Jonathan Papelbon ready to close the game, the Phils extended the lead to 9-1 in the top of the ninth inning. This allowed Manuel to forgo Papelbon's appearance; Brian Sanches finished the game by allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning before retiring the side.
If he doesn't pitch tonight, it will be a full week that Papelbon has had off, even though there were no off days and two extra-inning losses in that span. They're really getting the most out of this 50 million dollars.
Tonight the Phils start a 16-game stretch where 14 are played at home; Roy Halladay faces the Mets and LHP Jonothan Niese at 7:05 pm.