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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Game 77: Charlie Manuel/Front Office Cost Phillies Game, Possibly Two Series Wins and Ruin Utley's Return (36-41)
1) The Phillies will use multiple bullpen arms Wednesday night for extended periods of time.
2) Kyle Kendrick (not Cliff Lee) would be Thursday's starter, which, again, will use multiple bullpen arms with only 18 hours between games.
3) The Phillies will most likely lose Wednesday night's game because they're throwing TERRIBLE relievers for 9 (maybe more!) innings against Old (Young) McDonald.
4) The Phillies will most likely lose Thursday afternoon because Kyle Kendrick is pitching (not Cliff Lee), and Chase Utley won't be playing.
Chase Utley made me ecstatic in the 1st inning last night with a home run in his first AB back. Carlos Ruiz tacked on another for back-to-back jacks (he better remain in the top portion of the lineup when Howard comes back soon). After that, the game pretty much went to hell. Raul Valdes pitched like Raul Valdes, and gave up runs while throwing a lot of pitches. Joe Savery threw even more pitches, and gave up even more runs. Michael Schwimer threw a decent amount of pitches and gave up 0 runs! Chad Qualls threw a ton of pitches and gave up what seemed like a million hits (and runs). Antonio Bastardo was used with the Phils down 4 runs.
Recap of Phillies relievers usage over the last several days.
Antonio Bastardo: 4/5 days pitched, 69 pitches thrown (probably unavailable)
Chad Qualls: 4/5 days pitched, 83 pitches thrown (probably/hopefully unavailable)
Raul Valdes: 1/1 days pitched, 42 pitches thrown (probably unavailable)
Joe Savery: 1/1 days pitched, 53 pitches thrown (probably unavailable)
Michael Schwimer: 3/4 days pitched, 43 pitches thrown (maybe available)
Jacob Diekman: 3/4 days pitched, 53 pitches thrown (probably unavailable)
So, RATHER THAN WASTE 1 MINOR LEAGUE ARM (maybe a couple more because I'm not going to assume he'd excel), MANUEL/RAJ WIPED OUT THE ENTIRE BULLPEN (as terrible as it is) FOR TODAY'S GAME. Except for Papelbon. This all happened with the notorious inning eater, Kyle Kendrick, on the mound today. The Phillies don't have a day off until Monday, so don't be surprised when the Marlins take the weekend series in Miami.
Welcome back Chase, I'm sorry.