Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Manuel Blows 1st Save of the Season

Did you know the Philadelphia Phillies lead all of Major League Baseball in save percentage with an outstanding 92% success rate (36 SV in 39 opportunities)? Well, last night Charlie Manuel blew the save. Wait, what?! Yep, he allowed Halladay to pitch himself into a jam and surrender the lead, in what otherwise was a dominating performance by Doc. I'm not suggesting Manuel was wrong for keeping Halladay in to start the 9th inning, as I would have done the same. He was cruising along, retiring the last 12 Diamondbacks in a row. However, having Bastardo or Madson getting loose would have been smart. That way when Halladay gave up back-to-back base hits to begin the inning, the reliever could have come in and given Arizona a different look and hopefully have saved the game or at minimum only surrendered 1 run, that way a tie would have still be in effect. But instead, Halladay stayed in the game and got saddled with the complete game loss.

Good thing we had Michael Martinez and Ross Gload batting in the bottom of the 9th. Those two are super clutch. Seriously, Martinez is back to proving he sucks, and Gload just can't hit...or run for that matter.

Other Stuff:
*Placido Polanco was finally DL'd. I still don't get waiting 10 days to do it, but whatever. Replacing him on the roster is reliever Michael Schwimer, who has dominated at Triple-A this season (9-1, 46 G, 67 IP, 10 SV, 22:86 BB:K, 1.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP).

*Cole Hamels "dead arm" had to have an MRI, and the result was no damage, just inflammation. He'll miss at least 1 start, meaning more Kyle Kendrick. I know this will bring joy to Corey.

*Raul Ibanez is having a horrible August, batting .136/.369. His protege Dom Brown is struggling in Triple-A too (1 hit in his last 21 at bats, now batting .255). I think it's time to see more John Mayberry Jr. in LF.

*Lyle Overbay has become a below average MLB 1st baseman, but not when facing the Phils. Nope, then he's a friggin' superstar. In 7 games this season against Philly he's batting .364/1.098 with 6 RBI. For his career he's played in 43 games against the Phils and hit .295/.919 with 7 HR, 19 R, and 30 RBI. It is nice to see someone from the Special Olympics succeeding in the Majors though I guess.

13 comments:

JRush said...

Totally agree with you about Manuel. Mini Mart atleast bunted chooch over. Gload is awful...bring in Thome!!!

GM-Carson said...

Gload is hampered by that hip, making him virtually useless.

The Phils need a good LH PH off the bench, especially come playoffs.

Ben said...

This was such fucking waste of a W. MM and
Ross choad are awful fuck them

Bob D said...

Since We Should Be GMs why not DL Hammels have him miss 2 starts give him rest and bring in another 3B man who can hit so the Phils can PH for MM or WV.

GM-Carson said...

I'm in favor of DL'ing Hamels. Not sure who to call up though. Freddy Galvis?

GM-Carson said...

A comment I left on BeerLeaguer about possible deals for the Phils:
Both Wigginton and Blake would be major upgrades offensively over a combo of Martinez/Valdez, but the Phils combo has the edge on defense.

Seeing as though runs are hard to come by, and Blake can at least make the routine play, I'd like him in the Phils uniform because I think Polly is shot for the season.

Thome or Giambi would be great additions. 1- it means Gload is gone, because he's completely worthless with that gimp hip. 2- Thome and Giambi pose major power threats.

I could see the Phils swinging a deal for a lefty reliever- maybe JP Howell, Gorzelanny, or Choate.

Aaron said...

Chooch out with a bruised left nad.....ouch

GM-Carson said...

I'm so glad Charlie pitched Madson in the 9th inning tonight of a 9-2 game. That's a save right?

Anonymous said...

It should be readily apparent to Charlie and anyone else watching that John Mayberry should be playing left field regularly for the Phillies. He is as good a right handed bat as anyone and is much nore consistent than either Raul Ibanez or Dominic Brown. He's a perfect fit in the number 6 slot.

Matty said...

Any other pitcher, and Manuel would have yanked him. You can't allow a premier pitcher like Halladay to overrule your senses. When it's time to take a starting pitcher out, it's time to take them out regardless of who they are. Chollie blew this one, and Halladay gets the loss because of it.

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