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.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
John Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz each had 2-run home runs, and Vance Worley went 6 innings while recording 9 Ks.
With 1 on and 1 out in the bottom of the 6th inning, Manuel elected to pinch hit for Worley who was at 93 pitches. The Phillies had a 5-3 lead at the time, and I would have been a little hesitant to hand the game over to the bullpen in the 7th inning except for the fact that the Padres lineup is even more futile than the Phillies.
Manuel chose to go with Antonio Bastardo against the switch-hitting laden bottom of the Padres lineup. Bastardo only faced 3 batters in the 7th, and after the Phillies tacked on 2 more runs, was permitted to strike out the side in order in the top of the 8th.
Chad Qualls was used in the 9th up by 4 and looked a lot sharper.
Tomorrow, Roy Halladay takes on the Padres, who send LHP Joe Wieland to the mound.