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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I don't really have an issue with anything Manuel did today. With LHP Nate Duensing on the mound and the bases loaded, Juan Pierre came to the plate with the score 8-4. Manuel opted to use RHB John Mayberry, even though a RHP was warming in the bullpen. Pierre has even splits for his career, meaning he's not a liability against LHPs. However, many of his hits against lefties are undoubtedly bunt singles; his XBH% is significantly higher against RHPs than lefties. When you include Duensing's career numbers against LHBs (.501 OPS allowed), I don't think it is an egregious error to use Mayberry as a pinch-hitter. With Hunter Pence on deck, Duensing would have been removed from the game one batter later, anyway. My instinct tells me that pinch-hitting for Pierre was a mistake (Pierre may be a minor league player, but so is Mayberry), but the evidence isn't overwhelming enough for me to blast Manuel. We'll have a chance soon enough, of course.
This team is only 5.5 games out of the wild card, which seems ridiculous to me.
Tomorrow the Phils try to avoid losing their third straight series when Cole Hamels faces RHP PJ Walters at 8:10 pm.