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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Game 100: Season over (45-55)

Charlie Manuel made no mistakes during last night's 6-1 loss to Atlanta, but his incessant need to bat Chase Utley and Ryan Howard consecutively harmed the team once again.

Cole Hamels allowed 6 runs in only five innings, so Manuel had no chances to screw up too badly. However, when the Phillies staged their final threat of the game in the 7th inning, LHP Jonny Venters was able to pitch to both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard without having to face Carlos Ruiz or Hunter Pence (both of whom batted behind the lefties). Venters walked Utley to load the bases, and Ryan Howard came to the plate with a predictable outcome. He swung and missed at a 2-2 slider to end the inning, and the Phillies season ostensibly ended as well.

The season is over not just because the Phils lost to Atlanta (after all, they can still take 2 of 3 in this series and conceivably catch the Braves), but because St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati all won yesterday as well. It was the worst-case scenario for the Phils' last-ditch effort, and when you consider that Pittsburgh and St. Louis both have incredibly easy remaining schedules, it's time to trade Hunter Pence.

Today the Phillies try to avoid losing another series to Atlanta when Big Joe Blanton faces LHP Mike Minor at 7:10 pm.

5 comments:

Robby Bonfire said...

This short-term "loss" of becoming sellers instead of buyers is definitely long-term gain for this organization. Nothing would hurt this team more than to make an idiot, short-term patching trade at this juncture. Let's just write this season off and start the focus on next season, minus "Chuck-A-Luck, if the God's are smiling down upon the Candy Canes, and go from there.

Wouldn't it be great if Tex got hurt so that the Phillies could palm Howard off to them for some future value. Or, hell, just for four rock piles as in the Bobby Abreu "Trade," just to dump salary.

I say Rollins and Howard and Blanton to the Yankees, so that Jeter can move to third base; for Pena, who apparently can hit, and Robertson, who might remain healthy = A steal for Philly, that would be.

Bastardo to the starting rotation is also strongly called for and would represent an upgrade.

Robby Bonfire said...

Just wondering if you who host this fine web site will continue to maintain it, maybe with a different title, when "The "Creature From The Black Lagoon" is finally gone from the dugout? Hope so, it's a great clinic on the intracacies of the planet's finest sport.

hk said...

Robby,

At that point, I would hope that Scott and Andy would begin chronicling all of Ruben Amaro, Jr's failures until the fans are out from under his curse, too.

Andy Musser said...

I have a couple ideas for the website when the Phillies manager changes, whether it's from natural causes or sooner. I am planning on keeping it active.

hk said...

Good to know. Here's hoping we see those ideas come to fruition sooner rather than later.