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Sunday, June 10, 2012
That being said, it is completely indefensible that Charlie Manuel CONTINUES to ruin this team's chances at winning baseball games. I submit myself to local sports radio, and on Friday I heard a lot of "this weekend is a must-win series" and "tonight's game is a must win". While I definitely agree with these sentiments, I'm assuming this thought process was also held by Charlie Manuel, the Phillies "manager". There is absolutely no way that Charlie Manuel can believe this, manage the team the way he does, and understand how best to give his team the chance to win a game.
Michael Schwimer pitched three innings in a tie game today, and Joe Savery was brought on to pitch the 10th inning. Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo did not make an appearance. The Phillies CANNOT continue to lose games while their best relievers sit on the bench. There is no over-usage that Manuel can use as an excuse. The Phillies aren't winning enough games for Manuel to worry about using Papelbon in tie games on the road. That logic is flawed to begin with, but he literally has no excuse with the state of this current team. To make matters worse, the Phillies have an off day tomorrow!
I also find it extremely annoying that while the Phils are in an AL stadium, Manuel repeatedly plays a defender that he knows he will want to replace in the late innings for defensive purposes (Pierre). I'm not sure what else he can do if Jim Thome "can't play the field", and they insist on playing him. I don't know what would piss me off more - the fact that Pierre starts and is removed for defensive purposes, or if Pierre were made the Phillies DH.
The Phillies start a series in Minnesota on Tuesday. The Twins are terrible. Expect the Phillies to struggle mightily.