John Mayberry Jr. collected the first Howard of his career last night. In the past when a Phillie performs this dubious act of hitting a homerun, striking out, and committing an error they have gone on to win. In fact, as recently as Saturday the Phillies were riding a 9-game win streak on such occasions. Last night's contest ended differently, but it was Charlie Manuel's fault, not Mayberry's.
Why the hell was Manuel so antsy to get into the Phillies bullpen yesterday? I know they haven't seen a lot of action lately with the way the starting pitchers have been tossing, but some of them are better off not seeing anything but the bullpen mound (Carpenter, Mathieson, Herndon, Baez). Kyle Kendrick wasn't pitching a gem, but he had gone 5 innings while only allowing 1 earned run by deploying 81 pitches. KK was good for another 1 or 2 innings, or at least let him pitch until he got into a bit of jam. By taking the game to the bullpen so early, Manuel was pressing his luck, and that luck bitch slapped him in the face. Aside from Stutes and Bastardo, this current group of misfits in relief are questionable at best. Get as many outs from your starting pitcher as possible is normally the plan, but not for good ol' Chuck. Way to manage that pitching staff Charlie, it's your true strong suit. Not!
2011 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 2, Phils over Blue Birds 5-3.
John Mayberry Jr. - July 6, Fish over Phils 7-6.
2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard - April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard - April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth - May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley - May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins - June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard- July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard- July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.
Ryan Howard- September 2, Phils over Rox 12-11.
*The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs were no-hit yesterday.
*Domonic Brown's defense has been very suspect. He takes bad angles, doesn't always hustle, and commits errors. This needs to improve.
*The 25th man on the roster, Michael Martinez, started his 3rd straight game. His amazing defense and speed won the game for the Phils. Oh, wait, no it didn't.
*Why is Baez Sucks still on this team?
*The Phils are currently with a 10-man pitching staff and 2 players short on the bench because of the injuries to Polanco and Victorino. DL them both retroactively and call up somebody for the time being. This also gets Polly and most likely Victorino out of the All-Star game.