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Friday, September 28, 2012

Game 156: Ruf continues to hit; thanks for the wait, Manuel (78-78)

The Phillies are back to .500 after Gio Gonzalez outpitched Tyler Cloyd last night in a meaningless game for both teams. Whatever.

Darin Ruf got yet another start against a LHP, going 2-for-4 on the night. Howard went 0-for-3.

At this point, it is obvious that Howard is a platoon player. He should only start against RHPs. I know this is tough to accomplish, because the other team usually doesn't announce their starting pitcher until 5 minutes before the game, but it is still an option to explore.

Ruf hit thirty-eight home runs in AA this season in only 489 ABs. He will be entering his age-26 season in 2013, the same age where Ryan Howard knocked 58 homers in 2006, his best year in the majors. Are we really going to enter next season with Ruf on the bench, or worse, in Allentown? With Nate Schierholtz, John Mayberry, Domonic Brown, Ryan Howard, and Darin Ruf all under team control for 2013, here is what the Phillies should do:

1) Brown plays left field every day .
2) Howard starts at first base only against RHPs.
3) Darin Ruf starts at first base only against LHPs.
4) John Mayberry starts in right field only against LHPs.
5) Schierholtz starts in right field only against RHPs, occasionally spelling Brown against tough lefties.

This, of course, will never happen. Amaro would sooner go 0-162 than admit so early into Howard's contract that the extension was a mistake. Also, there is a better chance of Charlie Manuel winning a World Series of Poker event than ever platooning Howard. So what does this mean? It means that 2013 will be yet another year of hideous game management, inefficient roster structure, and a bullpen where pitchers are labeled with "innings" rather than their actual skill-set. Can't wait!

87 comments:

Robby Bonfire said...

Looking at the Saturday and the Sunday Phillies lineups, they certainly confirm that every game managed by "Spittoon Charlie" is the seventh game of the World Series. Besides, Jimmy, Chase and the guys really need to pad their numbers. Same with Roy and Pap. And to think this manager missed his calling in life as a Mayflower Van Lines trucker. How sad.

Why do I get the impression that this man would not be able to play in a game of poker without cheating?

Robby Bonfire said...

Column headline by "Jaws" at ESPN Sports:

"Eagles Must Ease Pressure On Vick."

Fully agree - starting with taking him out of the lineup.

hk said...

Off topic, but are you aware that Chase Utley has started every game but one since July 16? I don't know whether to be happy that he has accomplished this as it surely has to be a positive sign for next year or irate that Charlie has subjected him to such a brutal schedule after he missed the first 1/3 of the season. Oh well, life as a Phillies fan...

Robby Bonfire said...

I just realized that four of the letters contained in the name MANUEL, are: M U L E. If he is not stubborn and fixated upon his 1905 ways, I don't know who is?

Of course in 1905, most ballplayers were farm boys who thrived on hard work. Today they are a bunch of high-tech Tweeters with nary a muscle ever used to lift a 50-pound bail of hay.

Bob Feller was among the last of the great farm boy major leaguers, Robin Roberts was among the first of the new breed of soft - not mean - p.c. type modern athletes.

If Roberts had grown up a farm boy he would have been the greatest pitcher of all time. Yet he still ranks among the all time best. Imagine Roberts with a Carl Mays, Sal Maglie, Bob Gibson or Don Drysdale "going for your head if you dig in at the plate" mentality?

And Charlie Root said that if Babe Ruth really had pointed to center field in that 1932 WS game when he was on the mound, he would have decked the Babe on the spot! Damn, the good ole boys were really men, in the old days. Too bad Philly has a manager who doesn't know that times have changed. Ty Cobb, Leo Durocher, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, Cal Ripken, Jr. types - more obsolete than the dinosaur.

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