Charlie Manuel's miscalculations have contributed to several losses this season, readers agree, including Monday's painful 5-2 loss to the Mets, dropping the Phils to 14-16.
"Here's a question for you baseball cognoscenti: Why would you bunt two good veteran hitters to move runners over for Galvis and Kratz, two of the worst hitters in baseball? And why would you let your $50M closer rust on a shelf so that he'd be predictably out of a groove when he finally did get to pitch?" -clout
"Bunting Ruiz and hitting Galvis might have been my favorite Charlie Manuel move of the last few years. Actually, I find myself saying things like that every couple weeks now. I've never seen anything as bad as his managing this season. Except for our offense this season. And maybe our bullpen, too. This might be the least aesthetically pleasing baseball team I've ever watched." -Jack
"They just didn't lose many games like this last year, and already there have been five or six kick-in-the-balls losses like this, and it's only early May. I'm not waving the white flag by any means, but this is just painful to watch. And oh yeah, Manuel is really murdering this team right now. JW said he's the guy we should be worrying most about heading into the season and so far, he's been 100 percent correct." -Iceman
Beerleaguer: What Iceman said.