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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Game 103: Phillies sell, and win big against best record in baseball (46-57)

The Phillies traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence yesterday afternoon in an attempt to clear salary.  That means that the starting left field last night was comprised of Juan Pierre, John Mayberry Jr., and Laynce Nix.  This depleted lineup was set to face Stephen Strasburg, and they actually didn't disappoint.

Cliff Lee pitched extremely well, and everyone in the starting lineup, including Lee, tallied at least one hit.  T

The Phillies played an all around good game last night, and the with Phillies having such a large lead over the Nats, it was difficult for Manuel to mess up.  I'm okay with using Bastardo, Kendrick, and Schwimer to close out the game.  I was happy to not see Papelbon enter the game in the 9th despite his lack of recent work.

I'm looking forward to the remainder of the Phillies season.  Manuel could do a number of things that would lead to criticism.  Overusing pitchers and position players who are clearly injured, not playing Dom Brown everyday to see what he can do, and of course, there's always bullpen mismanagement.

Tonight, the Phillies look to win two straight against the Nationals as Vance Worley takes the mound against Edwin Jackson.

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