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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Game 147: Papelbon not used in high-leverage spot, Phils lose (73-74)

The Phillies lost Sunday's game by a score of 7-6, completing a weekend disaster in Houston that will likely be the final nail in their coffin. They were actually leading this game by a score of 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Antonio Bastardo retired the first batter of the inning, but following an error by Michael Martinez (who should not be on the team, let alone playing in a huge game) and a walk, Manuel decided to bring a RHP to face Brandon Laird. This is not a terrible move; however, bringing in Phillippe Aumont (owner of a 6.0 BB/9 in the minors) to throw the most important pitches of the season. Closer Jonathan Papelbon, by far the best Phillies' reliever, was off the previous night and certainly was available to pitch in this inning.

Unfortunately for Phillies fans, Charlie Manuel refuses to optimize his bullpen by matching high-leverage situations with his most talented reliever, so Aumont was forced to stand on the mound until the 4-3 lead into a 7-4 deficit. I was watching the Eagles game when this happened, which is probably for the best. At this point, when you see the Phillies lose a close game, it's not a question of "if" Manuel screwed up, but simply "how."


Robby Bonfire said...

Manuel never really screws up, given that he works for the Yankees. Saw him running around WalMart in a Yankees sweat shirt, just the other day.

Scott Graham said...

Running around? Jeez, I thought he had a tough time walking out to the mound. At least then he'd have an excuse why he leaves relievers in too long.

hk said...

Have you guys heard that Charlie plans to push back all of the starters one day due to today's rain out, which will be made up on Thursday? With 14 games left - assuming that the Phils are not going to pitch any of their starters on short rest, they will have 4 of the 5 starters pitch 3 games and 1 pitch 2 games. The rain out gave Charlie a chance to skip Cloyd and make him the pitcher who starts 2 games. Instead, Cloyd is starting tomorrow, thereby nearly ensuring that he'll start 3 of the final 14 whereas one of the others, most likely Lee, will only start 2. Now, in the long run, this will be a good thing when they are eliminated as we all want them to rest their players as much as possible once this happens. However, if they are going to operate under the guise that they are going to continue to try to win until they are mathematically eliminated, this is just another in a long line of inexcusable blunders. And, where's the GM in all of this? Asleep at the wheel as usual.

Robby Bonfire said...

"Blunder?" If all a man does is "blunder" why cannot it be stated that he has a counter-purpose agenda?

As regards "rewarding" this man with a new contract, even if the Phillies fail to make the playoffs, "for making a late season run at it," this would be rewarding him for FAILURE. The Phillies, apparently are making too much money to give a rat's ass about results, any more.