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.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Phils were down 4-1 early, and they never really came close in this one. Manuel did not mismanage his bullpen.
Here's the "best" quote of the game from Chris Wheeler (paraphrased), as Jake Diekman was in the midst of a 1 2/3 innings-, 4-strikeout, 0-walk performance:
"You know, we've been wondering how long it would take for Diekman to be able to be trusted in an important situation against a big lefty, and it's becoming pretty clear that the answer is sooner rather than later."
Man, where to begin with this one? Do we start at the fact that the Phillies are relying on a 5-inning MLB sample size to make this decision, rather than the 80+ innings he's thrown in AA and AAA since 2011 with a 2.23 SO/BB ratio? For reference, JC Romero had a 1.35 ratio (holy Hell!) with the Phillies. Or, we could laugh that this is as close to Wheeler gets as criticizing the manager. Had Diekman appeared in the 5th inning of Saturday's Boston game to face Gonzalez and Ortiz, then it's very possible for this team to be at .500 right now. But, man, those 20 pitches he threw last night PROVE he's much more ready than he was 90 hours ago.
Finally, is there anything worse than umpires ejecting catchers for turning around while speaking? There is no question in my mind that Ruiz's dialect causes him to turn around more frequently than other catchers, simply so the umpire can hear him more clearly (and don't think umpires are above saying "what?" just to bait the catcher). These Spanish-speaking catchers are absolutely ruining the game by SHOWING UP the umpires. The next time Carlos Ruiz gets called out on strikes by an umpire with an exaggerated third strike call (or a check swing punchout, complete with the absurd leg-kick, from a corner umpire), he should BLAST the umpires for showing HIM up. After all, umpires, players make mistakes too!!!
Major League Baseball: the only entity on Earth where eye contact during conversation is considered disrespectful (NOTE: this is probably false; if Carlos Ruiz were a middle-eastern woman, he'd have been bludgeoned to death by now).
What a joke this season has been so far; somehow (read: the Braves starting rotation), they are only 5.5 games out of first place.
Tonight the Phils look to begin their worst-to-first climb as Cole Hamels takes on RHP Edwin Jackson at 7:05 pm.