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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Manuel made only one mistake on the night, and it was starting Ryan Howard against LHP Wade LeBlanc. Here are Howard's career numbers against LHP: .238/.306/.433; for the season he is posting a dreadful .178/.228/.329 (small sample size, yes, but last season wasn't much better). Unless Howard suddenly decides that he can hit left-handed pitching as well as players like Carlos Ruiz, Darin Ruf, and Nate Schierholtz (all of whom watched Howard go 0-for-3 from the bench), it is obvious that Howard's starts should be limited to only RHPs. This is something that will never happen as long as Manuel is the manager, but when a mediocre pitcher like LeBlanc neutralizes a lineup like the Phillies, the left-handed albatross in the middle of the order must be acknowledged.