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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This is pretty much all the "Lee"way I'll give Manuel though. Dodgers "slugger" Matt Treanor led off the top of the 8th with a double. Tony Gwynn Jr. was then used to sacrifice bunt Treanor to third (for whatever reason). Had Lee not thrown the ball perfectly into the slide of Treanor, the result would have been men on 1st and 3rd with 0 outs. Abreu was used to pinch hit for Billingsley, and since NO ONE was warming up in the bullpen, I suppose it was a fine idea to leave Lee in. Abreu singled to left, and had Pence not made a great throw to third, the result would have been men on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. I don't quite remember when the bullpen was called to get someone throwing, but when I saw a right-hander with a 5 on his jersey, I was pretty sure it was Papelbon. So, you can imagine my frustration when Dee Gordon singled, bringing up switch hitter Elian Herrera, and Dubee trotted out to the mound to tell Lee it was his last batter.
This situation had a Leverage Index of 4.17, easily Lee's highest leverage at-bat of the season. So, why not allow your pitcher who has thrown well over 100 pitches (close to 200 if you count the warm-ups) to pitch to this batter? I couldn't understand (used loosely) why Manuel wasn't bringing in Papelbon, who I thought was warming up in the pen. It wasn't until after Lee gave up the double that I realized it wasn't Papelbon, but Qualls who was getting warm. This almost explains the lack of a pitching change since Qualls is terrible.
HOW do you not have either of your best relievers who each have pitched once since Friday. Neither pitched Saturday or Sunday, and together they threw 43 pitches last night. Certainly not overworked. Instead, lets let an extremely tired (yes, he was dominant last night), recently "disabled" star pitched work over 120 pitches and give up the lead while the two best relievers on the team have the night off.
I guess Manuel was serious when he told people not to expect Papelbon to appear in too many games like on Friday night. I certainly believed him, but last night was yet another situation that begged for the best reliever to shut down a shaky situation. Lee was clearly out of gas as was evidenced by his giving up 3 hits to some pretty weak competition. He had given up 3 hits total prior to the 8th inning.
Tonight, the Phillies try and avoid dropping 3 straight to the Kemp-less Dodgers. Kendrick will take on LHP Chris Capuano, and if Shane Victorino is batting 5th, I might just lose it.