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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Game 122: Phillies score 12 against Cincy (57-65)

The Phillies are naturally starting to win games just when they had a chance to finish in the bottom-10 (and therefore guarantee themselves a protected first round draft choice), and last night's 12-5 victory pulled them within 8 games of .500 for the first time in a long time. They are actually within 10 games of a wild-card spot, so if they go on a huge tear, they'll have a chance. Unfortunately, they traded one of the best CFs in the league for a middle reliever, so this is not going to happen.

As for the game itself, Manuel didn't have a chance to screw anything up. However, he used Antonio Bastardo for the first time in 11 days. I obviously have no idea if he was injured (the lack of a retroactive DL stint seems to eliminate that possibility), but if not, then it seems pretty outrageous for one of the bullpen's best (albeit underachieving) arms to go unused for so long.

1 comment:

Robby Bonfire said...

Your most talented relievers should be starters. Your least talented journeyman starter(s)should be relievers, given that a starter has much more impact on the outcome of any given game, by a 4 or 5 - 1 ratio, than has the relief corps. (80-85% of all MLB games are decided by the SP match-up in-game outcome.)

Teams moving outstanding starters to the bullpen are nuts, starting with the Righetti's, the Papelbons, and the Eckersley's of the world, who were much more valuable in to their team in a starter role. The fact that they were/are outstanding as a reliever just further illustrates how blockheaded their teams were to jack them around this way.

The above bears in mind that some outstanding relievers are not capable of becoming fine starters, such as M. Rivera. How would he have done as a starter? Hard to speculate, and maybe not that well.