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Monday, May 05, 2014

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I kept wondering where the surrender flag was tonight. Then it occurred to me, it was the lineup card.

I have known for a while that Amaro is less than bright. But Sandberg confirms day after day that he's equally unintelligent. And watching Bowa sitting next to Sandberg on the bench while all these decisions are being made gives little comfort. It appears the game has passed both of them by.

RUNS
118
26th
Overall
BATTING AVERAGE
.254
12th
Overall
ON BASE PERCENTAGE
.315
17th
Overall
SLUGGING PCT
.378
19th

They signed Nix because Frandsen had a bad camp and they released him, the rest of the other million utility infielders they brought in washed out, and Nix was supposed to be an upgrade over Brignac.

You can second guess Frandsen over Nix but I don't on Nix > Brignac.

I always thought it was because of the Galvis injury. If that was the case they could of used Brignac till Gavlis returned. Or a minor league player said replacement would of probably just got one start or two starts in the interim.

Games where Phillies scored 2 runs or less

2007 – 23
2008 – 24
2009 – 34
2010 – 44
2011 – 44
2012 – 50
2013 – 55
2014 – 12, on pace for 64

PLM is correct. If Galvis was not injured to start the year, Frandsen would have made the team. His inability to play SS forced the Phillies to find someone who could.

Once Galvis came back, the Phillies decided the Cesar Hernandez needed time to play 3B and SS in the minors, in his 7th MILB season, after being unable to play either his entire pro career leading up to this.

oh i'm sorry. This is Cesar's 8th season in professional baseball, how silly of me. So the Phillies are trying in his 8th professional season to move him to the left side of the infield after being assessed to not have enough arm strength to do so the previous 7 years. Makes much more sense now.

Argue all you want about Galvis injury leading to Frandsen's release... blah blah blah.

The Phillies have a manager who, last night, chose to bat the worst hitter on his team second, and put the second best hitter on his team down at the bottom of the order.

I was assured by many here - particularly MG who constantly told us that a dead rally squirrel would be a superior manager to Charlie Manuel - that Sandberg would be a breath of fresh air.

Based on what I've seen from Sandberg, especially last night, and especially his illogical reasoning for doing it, I'm not sure he's an upgrade from Charlie - who, BTW, is the winningest manager in franchise history.

The organization's treatment of Hernandez is yet another data point on how this franchise fixates on what a player can't do (in Hernandez's case, play SS/3B) instead of what he can (hit a little from both sides, get on base, run, and play 2B/OF). We usually keep at least one bench guy who can't play any position (Gload, Thome, Stairs). Why not Cesar?

RAJ's lack of a "five-year plan" shows up loud and clear with Hernandez. They've known for years that Hernandez would be blocked by Utley, and more importantly that Hernandez had a fringe-regular bat as a 2B. Why didn't they diversify the guy's skill set earlier in his minor-league career and give him a chance to be a good major-league utility player?

But lore, that 7-year-old scouting report said that Cesar had the potential to build his arm strength!

and without fail, who is the player to come up in the bottom of the ninth, for his 5th PA? the #2 hitter of course.

lore, you mentioned that last night over at TGP.

I have this for our friend MG:
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MISS ME YET?


The saddest thing is Sandberg will use Galvis 1/5 night to justify his decision to bat him 2nd, because "he got to see good pitches".

Freddy did, after all, raise his slash line, no?

I only caught the last couple of innings last night. Did Bowa actually send Byrd on that shallow fly ball to Bautista, down 3 runs with nobody out and Ruiz on deck?

Sorry, not Bowa - he'll forever be a third-base coach in my mind. Mackanin.

CT, yes, he did. It was not smart. Of course, it's doubtful Ruiz would have seen anything to hit, but they at least would have been 1 - 3 with one out.

WSJ with the bizarre suggestion that the offense is bad and still getting worse. And oddly enough right on pace with the declining defense and base running provided by the same group.

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Last Night’s game results if Ruiz/Galvis switched spots:

bottom 1st, losing 0-2
Revere Single x— 0 out
Ruiz 1st PA: Walk. xx- 0 out
Revere doesn’t get caught stealing 2B
Utley FB to LF xx- 1 out
Byrd Single, scores Revere. xx- 1 out
Howard strikes out xx- 2 out
Galvis popfly 3 out.
End 1st, losing 1-2

Bottom 2nd, losing 1-3.
Mayberry flies out. - 1 out
Nix walks x— 1 out
KK sacs, x 2 out
Revere grounds out. 3 out
End 2nd losing 1-3

Bottom 3rd losing 1-3
Ruiz lines out - 1 out
Utley grounds out - 2 out
Byrd walks x— 2 out
Howard strikes out 3 out
End 3rd losing 1-3

bottom 4th losing 1-3
Galvis singles x— 0 out
Mayberry walks xx- 0out
Nix popup xx- 1 out
kendrick sac -xx 2 out
Revere grounds out 3 out
end 4th, losing 1-3

bottom 5th losing 1-3
Ruiz singles x— 0 out
Utley grounds out (FC likely) x— 1 out.
Byrd triples, Utley scores. —x 1 out
Howard flies out, Byrd out at home 3 out.
end 5th losing 2-3

bot 6th losing 2-3
Galvis grounds out - 1 out
DOM flies out - 2 out
Gwynn walks x— 2 out
Asche strikes out 3 out
end 6th losing 2-3

bot 7th losing 2-3
Revere singles x— 0 out
Ruiz singles to cf x-x 0 out
Utley strikes out x-x 1 out
Byrd grounds out, Revere scores. x 2 out
Howard flies out 3 out
end 7th tied 3-3

bot 8th tied 3-3
Galvis strikes out - 1 out
DOM strikes out - 2 out
Gwynn grounds out 3 out
end 8th tied 3-3

Bot 9th tied 3-3
Asche reaches on error x— 0 out
Rollins flies out x— 1 out
Ruiz UNKNOWN
UTLEY UNKNOWN

I wonder how long it will be before we see a new thread?

awh - Very true, with Brown (.256/.317/.354 in 271 PA since last year's All-Star Game) coming up.

The numbers on Brown's FanGraphs page tell the story. His GB/FB ratio has jumped to an astonishing 2.14 (1.34 career including this year) and he's now seeing 67.8% first-pitch strikes (58.9% career). He hits weak grounder after weak grounder to the right side, and pitchers don't fear him at all anymore.

Re: Sending Byrd on the medium-depth fly to Bautista in RF. Bautista has a good arm, but Byrd broke well and Bautista had to fire a bullet on line to get him. That's exactly what happened, with Thole in front of the plate catching it on 2 hops, then turning to swipe tag Byrd. Had Byrd aimed for a slide behind the plate and tagging it with his hand, he had a chance to be safe.

I think it was a risk you take. If Bautista's throw is off even a little bit or Byrd alters course slightly, he's safe.

Col.Tom: That is because pitchers are busting Dom inside, which was a weakness he had when he first came up, but seemed to overcome. Instead of laying off pitches inside at the top of the zone, he is swinging at them and hitting easy grounders to the right side.

Someone needs to tell the guy from the other night that his mother's employer is ripping her off by paying only $65 an hour for working over the internet. This guy's sister-in-law is making $88 for doing the exact same thing.

clout, there's no way you take that risk. Bautista has a very good arm and had excellent position on the ball, lined up and coming in as he caught it. Ruiz is your best contact hitter (10.6% K%) and Brown - for all of his hitting flaws - has been putting the ball in play at a pretty good clip too (19.6% K%, which isn't stellar but not terrible either). If they pitch around Chooch, Brown can even ground into a double play and get that run home.

" If they pitch around Chooch, Brown can even ground into a double play and get that run home."

Not true. Howard had just flied out so a DP would have been the 3rd out. Nonetheless, I thought it was dumb to send him too.

That's right - sorry. Closer call then, though I still don't like the decision to send him.

This Tom Tango article got linked over at TGP:

95% of the time, leading into the ninth means winning the game


It was a response to this Joe Posnanski article which Tango linked:

The Timeless Game (and, maybe, the myth of closers)


Interestingly, Tango also linked this piece:

Why">http://tangotiger.com/index.php/boards/viewthread/378">Why closers (or relievers in general) might not be overvalued after all


Fascinating stuff.

I don't miss Cholly managing this team one bit.

Honestly I have seen much of a difference though with how Sandberg has managed so far vs what Cholly would have done.

Both have strong preference to give their veteran starters long hooks, both look for very strict bullpen assignments, and neither like to shift much.

Hard to get a sense of the how much Sandberg is willing to play his aging vets vs what Cholly did so far. Ditto Sandberg's preference for young vs. veteran relievers.

Also like to strict with a pretty set lineup card too with guys in the same spot as much as possible.

MG, that's fair, but my point is that just because someone you have a problem with gets replaced doesn't mean that the replacement is going to be better.


As you honestly put it, so far, Sandberg hasn't been.

Unlike many, I was never under any illusions that Sandberg was going to be some sort of brilliant and innovative tactician. Sandberg cut his managerial teeth in the Phillies' organization. That was all the information I needed to know that we weren't dealing with an innovator. And when he does innovate, it's on issues where innovation isn't warranted -- like starting a no-hit utility infielder in more than half our games.

None of this, however, makes me reconsider my views of Cholly. It's possible for two managers to both be stupid.

i just finished watching the game on tape while reading the comments here. after reading the article at nate silver's site about how the saber guys think batting your best hitter 2nd is an opportunity not to be missed, i am so pissed at sandberg.

in talking to the spanish broadcast team it was mentioned that the jays have a lineup in which the first 5 batters are from the dom. rep. amazing. in the 7th they managed to load the bases with dominicans with another at the plate.

can't it be argued that latinos really saved american baseball? and it seems, the dom. rep. in particular.

That game sucked. One of those losses that feels like it counts extra.

Going in though, I have to admit the best I was hoping for was a series split. With Hamels today, hope they can keep that hope alive.

bap had it right when he said, "Put the Phillies against an AL team, and they immediately turn into a quivering pile of jelly."

Sticking Galvis in at #2 was the kind of obvious, egregious mistake that tells you all by itself that Sandberg is in over his head. I understand why the Cubbies weren't interested.

Lineup for tonight isn't yet known, but it is known that Rollins will be replaced by Galvis again, as Jimmy's still feeling sore.

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