Charlie Manuel frequently makes poor strategic decisions. The 11-million dollar scoreboard in left field would probably do a similar job. We guarantee a post analyzing Manuel's decisions for every Phillies game. Please click on our aliases below to email us.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
If using Papelbon for more than one inning was absolutely out of the question, then either Phillippe Aumont or BJ Rosenberg could have been used to face Shoppach. Even if Shoppach were removed and LHB Josh Thole got to face a right-handed pitcher, you'd still be replacing Shoppach's .889 OPS-vs.-lefties with Thole's .708 OPS-vs-righties.
In other words, the only unacceptable option available to Manuel was allowing Bastardo to face the lefty masher, Shoppach. Guess what happened? Manuel left Bastardo in the game for Shoppach, Shoppach tied the game with an RBI double, and the Phillies never scored another run.
Well done, Manuel. Now continue to hide behind Ryan Howard's achilles as the reason your team is as awful as your management.