Proof Charlie Manuel Reads This Blog

Yahoo! Sports: Happ to take Kendrick’s start for Phillies

Left-hander J.A. Happ, who has made only two starts this season, will replace Kyle Kendrick in the rotation for Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Kendrick (11-9) allowed seven runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings in a 10-8 loss to the Florida Marlins last Tuesday. He has allowed 13 runs in only 5 1-3 innings in two starts this month, leaving his overall ERA at 5.44.

Me, yesterday:

[…]if Kyle Kendrick gets one more start with the way he’s been pitching, it may hamper the Phils’ post-season chances. Since the start of July, he has a 6.58 ERA and a 1.9 WHIP to complement a lousy 3.9 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, and 1.4 HR/9. Shortening the rotation to four starters, or replacing Kendrick with J.A. Happ is a necessary use of strategy at this point.

That’s all the proof you need that Charlie Manuel is a Crashburn Alley reader.

Or that he (and/or others in the organization) just have common sense. You know, whatever. Same thing, really.

Tonight’s Game @ Atlanta

It’s a cliche at this point, but tonight’s game against the Braves is an emotional roller coaster, best illustrated by this FanGraphs chart:

Phillies @ Braves 09/16/08


Sombero: When a player goes 0-for-3 with 3 strikeouts.

Golden Sombero: When a player goes 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts.

Platinum Sombrero: When a player goes 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts.

According to Baseball Reference’s Play Index, there have been 109 instances where a player has struck out five or more times in a game, with the record being six (seven times).

One Patrick Burrell has gone 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts tonight. Enjoy your new hat. Please come back next season.

UPDATE: Brad Lidge has topped his high-LI mark. It was previously the strikeout of Joe Mather in the ninth inning on August 3 (LI of 10.86) but his strikeout of Gregor Blanco to end tonight’s game had an LI of 10.87.

The LI and BABIP spreadsheets have been updated, by the way. I don’t know if anyone uses ’em but they’re fun for me.