A Tactical Review of Wednesday’s Game

Over the years here, Charlie Manuel‘s decision-making has been a frequent topic of discussion, ranging from his overuse of starting pitchers, improper use of his relievers, reliance on the sacrifice bunt, and more, there is usually at least one or two controversial tactical decisions in any given week. There were a few in this afternoon’s series finale, a 4-3 extra-innings loss in San Francisco as Jonathan Pettibone opposed Barry Zito.

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Valuing Michael Young’s Season

Michael Young leads all Phillies hitters with a .360 weighted on-base average, a few ticks ahead of Chase Utley as we prepare for the series finale in San Francisco this afternoon. Young’s triple-slash line reads .330/.398/.426, certainly much better than most of us anticipated going into the season. The 36-year-old finished 2012 with a .297 wOBA and was one of the worst overall players in baseball, so his rebound is a welcome sight.

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