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, May 27, 2012
In the top of the second inning, Carlos Ruiz led off with a double. He was moved to third on a fly ball to right field, and with one out, he attempted to score from third on a ground ball. The throw to the plate beat Ruiz, but Yadier Molina's tag was very slow, and Ruiz's foot clearly reached the plate before the tag. The home plate umpire made one of the laziest calls you'll ever see, barely moving from his original position and signaling "out" about as energetically as a Tim McClelland strike-call. This would have cut the score to 4-1 with a possibility of more damage in the inning; instead, the Phils did not argue at all. For all the dumb things Manuel gets tossed out of games, it would be nice if he argued an actual injustice that directly costs his team a run.
Tomorrow the Phils head to Shea Stadium for Cole Hamels's matchup against LHP Jonathon Niese at 1:10pm.