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.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Game 10: Foreshadowing (probably the 100th time we've commented on this though. (5-5)
The Phillies struggled to score against the Marlins and Ricky Nolasco in the series opener. With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Charlie Manuel used Phillippe Aumont to pitch to the heart of the Marlins order (yes, it consists of Polanco, Ruggiano, and Dobbs, but still). Papelbon was available. Manuel saved his best reliever for an inning that potentially could have never happened. It didn't come back to bite him on that night.
Game 11: Not the foreshadowing I was referring to, but it was a perfect set up! (5-6)
The very next night, the Phillies struggled to score against Jose Fernandez. Cole Hamels was likewise able to stifle the Marlins by holding them to one run (on a hit by Jose Fernandez). The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, and Manuel used... Phillippe Aumont again. This time, the strategy backfired and the Phillies lost. The Phillies did not play on April 11th, so Papelbon would have only had to pitch for his second consecutive night (exactly what Aumont was asked to do). It wasn't a save situation, so Manuel didn't feel it was important enough to win the game.
Game 13: Horst > Papelbon, Bastardo, and Adams (6-7)
In a tie game, Manuel used Jeremy Horst to pitch to a PH followed by the top of the Reds lineup. This all occurred in the bottom of the 8th inning with the heart of the Phillies lineup due up the next half inning (yes, it did include Galvis, but still). Horst gave up runs, and the Phillies ended up losing.
Game 14 (Parts 1 and 2): Phillies lose because Manuel doesn't care (6-8)
This game was suspended going into the bottom of the 9th inning due to a brutal downpour. Over the first 8 innings, the Phillies and Reds were scoreless with Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo posting all 0s. Upon resumption of the game, Manuel decided to use... Phillippe Aumont(!) to pitch to the heart of the Reds lineup (Cozart, Votto, Phillips, and Bruce) no "but still"s here. Aumont and the Phillies lost the game in 9 minutes. Papelbon, Adams, and Bastardo all had off on Monday (Pap and Adams had off Tuesday as well), so there's no reason why Phillippe Aumont should have begun the 9th inning. Aumont isn't as bad as some of the Phillies relievers in years past, so this isn't the most egregious error Manuel has ever made, but there is still no excuse.
There will be another post (or posts summing up the remainder of the missed games) coming shortly. Again, sorry for the delay.