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
However, when you sacrifice a runner from second base to third base with zero outs, you are slightly increasing your chances of scoring. So why not have Rollins try to steal second, and then bunt the runner over? It's completely asinine to hand the other team a free out just to move an awesome base stealer to second base, yet that is exactly what Charlie Manuel allowed to happen. Pierre bunted, and Rollins was on second base with one out for Chase Utley. Miami predictably walked Utley to face the weaker hitter behind him, Ryan Howard, and the strategy paid off with a strikeout. Things then looked bleak with RHB John Mayberry coming to the plate against the righthanded pitcher, but he laced a line drive to centerfield to tie the game. The Phils took the lead for good in the next inning.
Mayberry owns a career .305 OBP and a .393 SLG against righties. As a result, the Phils were very lucky that they were able to tie the game in this situation, which is appropriate, because they have been overcoming their manager's shortcomings for the past 5 years. Why not make it six?