Friday, September 14, 2012

Manuel- WHY?!

During his tenure in Philly, Charlie Manuel has been criticized for many things.  The worst, his bullpen management.  Since the team is not as strong as it has been over the past 5 seasons, his use of relievers has become a glaring problem.

Exhibit A:
With the Phillies winning 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, Manuel chooses to bring in Phillippe Aumont (Bastardo, Rosenberg, and Lindblom were already used).  It marked his 5th appearance in 5 days.  A gun only has so many bullets before it runs out of ammunition.  To the common fan, it was clear that Aumont was gassed from the get-go, and needed to be removed after the first batter he faced (shouldn't have been in the game to begin with!).  However, Manuel let him in to face 4 batters, 2 of which scored, and it could have easily been worse had Kratz not gunned one down trying to steal.  Then Manuel called upon Jacob Diekman.  No offense to the young reliever, but he's just not any good.  Manuel had Justin DeFratus and Jeremey Horst that he could have elected to use instead, but that would just have made too much sense.  Diekman is a timebomb, ready to exploded at any second, allowing base runners here, there, and everywhere.  In 22.2 innings, he allowed 17 runs (12 earned) and has a WHIP of 1.68, while DeFratus sports a 0.00 ERA/1.00 WHIP and Horst a 1.19 ERA/1.24 WHIP.  You know who else was still available in the bullpen? The 50 Million Dollar Man (aka- Jonathan Papelbon).  Why not use him for a 4 out save.  Just saying...

I do not question Manuel's desire to win.  I do question his "gut instincts" when it comes to bullpen management.  This was a game they should have won and most likely needed to win.  This was a bad loss that ruined the positive momentum the team had steamrolled into Houston with.  Not to mention, they're now 4 back of the Wild Card.

17 comments:

SirAlden said...

He was unavailable for the game.

Andrew said...

In the postgame interview Manuel admitted to knowing that Aumont had been heavily used this week. He also said he could tell he didn't have it last night... so why keep him in for so long?!?!?!

This weekend is do-or-die. Gotta win the next 3 or else.

GM-Carson said...

Manuel is a fucking idiot.

Ben said...

We're at the point where even with the bullpen struggles pre-all star break, injuries, bad luck for Lee, Ty Wigginton's defense, and more, there is one thing and only one thing that caused us to miss the playoffs this year: Manuel. If he stays next year, it's going to be really hard for me to resist the temptation of rooting for some other team.

GM-Carson said...

Ben- Charles Fuqua Manuel will be the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies next year, no doubt.

Only way we might get lucky is if he pulls a LaRussa and retires after winning the World Series.

Long shot...

Anonymous said...

What Ben said.

Anonymous said...

Then root for another team. We don't want fake fans, anyway.

Beer-a-Thon said...

I've been with the Phils all through the shitty years. Can't ever quit 'em.

Beer-a-Thon said...

J-Roll needs to strikeout to commit the Howard and ensure a Phillies win.

Beer-a-Thon said...

You're supposed to be one of the best pitchers in baseball and are paid like nearly the best overall, you should not be giving up 3 runs to the Astros over 4 innings.

I'm starting to get pissed again.

Must mean the games actually mean something.

Ben said...

I can't even use the "their all ex-Phillies out for blood" excuse anymore. There is no reason this should be so difficult.

das411 said...

GUYS JEFF JUDEN IS not only still alive but on twitter @JeffJuden and has a pretty hilarious JeffJuden.com website...how 90s!

GM-Carson said...

das411- holy shitake mushrooms. blast from the past!

nice to know some of our early readers still come around.

also, now manuel is going to pitch defratus in a 12-4 game. idiot!

GM-Carson said...

Darin Ruf, 0-1.

overhyped.


just kidding

das411 said...

ohhhh darin ruf is white, no wonder we've been hearing so much hype about him

^ only kind of kidding

Ben said...

Cole Hamels has a higher batting average than Ryan Howard. That is all.

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard has been kinda bad.