Monday, October 19, 2009

Phils lose, 2-1

Count me among the fans who believe that Charlie Manuel overmanaged this game. Pedro was pitching brilliantly -- the only two hits he'd surrendered were a broken-bat blooper into centerfield and a grounder off of his glove. I don't care how hot it was. I don't care how many pitches Pedro had thrown (87 -- not that many anyway). In that situation, I think you have to let Pedro go until he gives up two baserunners. A haiku homage to Charlie's fateful decision (and Chase Utley's error) follows.

He could have pitched nine
The Dodgers couldn't touch him
Why take Pedro out?

Chuck Knoblauch had them.
Now Chase Utley may have them.
What are they? The yips!

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