Charlie Being Charlie

I was going to write a post detailing some poor in-game strategy from Charlie Manuel, but Corey Seidman did a great job over at Brotherly Glove.

Down 5-1 in the seventh inning, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out. Blanton’s spot in the order came up, so the decision to pinch-hit was a no-brainer. But with only righty Tyler Clippard loosening in the bullpen, Ross Gload should have been called on. I tweeted this at the time, noting that even if Mayberry were to hit a grand slam, it’s the wrong decision.

Why? Several reasons.

  1. Gload is an opposite-handed hitter to the righty Hernandez, Mayberry is not
  2. The “hot-hand” argument does not work, because Gload is 2-for-6 and three of those outs were hard-hit balls
  3. Most importantly, Mayberry is an extremely inexperienced major league hitter – the type that Livan Hernandez regularly feasts on

Sure enough, Mayberry chased two mid-60s breaking balls and struck out swinging. Livan came out, Clippard came in, Victorino struck out. Fire extinguished.

For #3, I’d also add that John Mayberry struggles with anything that isn’t a straight fastball.

And to quote myself on Twitter:

Anyone who defends Charlie Manuel’s in-game tactics should watch that John Mayberry at-bat on loop for ten years.

Harsh, but fair.

“Stathead” Airs @ 3 PM ET Today on 98.1 WOGL HD-4

Just a reminder, in case “Stathead” isn’t a part of your routine yet. The new statistically-focused show “Stathead”, with myself and Jeff Sottolano, airs today at 3 PM ET on 98.1 WOGL HD-4. We’ll talk about the best and worst plays of the first nine games, what we think about the offense, the surprising starts from some unexpected sources, and Cole Hamels’ first two starts.

Here’s the original post with a bunch of information relevant to the show, and here is the program schedule. The show will re-air tomorrow at 2 PM ET in case you can’t catch it today. If you listen, I’d love to hear your feedback — positive and negative — here in the comments, on Twitter, or via e-mail.