Bad Manager: Phillies 5, Mets 4

Mike Pelfrey deserved a better fate than four runs allowed and a no-decision. He dominated the Phillies through six innings, recording 13 groundball outs to just three in the air, aggressively pounding his sinker down and in, up and down the lineup. Then, a couple of singles and a botched play by Carlos Beltran and Pelfrey is out of the game, bequeathing a bases-loaded, no-out jam to his successor. Which brings us to a little something I like to call:

Jerry Manuel's retarded move of the day

There were really a lot of great candidates for this award tonight, and while it's an honor just to be nominated, the unanimous winner was this decision:

Pitcher A: 2.98 tRA
Pitcher B: 4.30 tRA

The Phillies had a slew of right-handed hitters coming up, so it was no time to bring in Pedro Feliciano. Both of our mystery pitchers are right-handed, though. One good, one less so. Unfortunately for Pelfrey -- and for the Mets, and for us -- Jerry Manuel called on Pitcher B, Sean Green, instead of the far better alternative of Player A, or Bobby Parnell. For his part, Green wasn't terrible, allowing an RBI single to Pedro Feliz followed by an infield grounder by Carlos Ruiz that David Wright misplayed into a run-scoring error. Green then got pinch-hitter Paul Bako swinging before inducing another run-scoring infield grounder, this time by Jimmy Rollins. Shane Victorino grounded out to end the inning, but by that time all three of Pelfrey's baserunners had come in to score.

The bases are loaded with nobody out in the seventh inning and your team has a three-run lead. Even though it's probably the right thing to do, you're not going to bring in your best reliever -- in this case Francisco Rodriguez -- because nobody does it and it's managerial suicide despite actually being a pretty smart move. So why aren't you calling on your second-best reliever? What situation is going to present itself in the eighth inning that could possibly be of greater consequence than this? You know the big lefties are probably going to come around again next inning, which means Feliciano is going to pitch at least part of the eighth, so what Manuel was saving Parnell for is anybody's guess.

You can quibble with Manuel's decision to bunt with Fernando Tatis in the seventh, but bringing in your fifth-best reliever under the most dire of circumstances against your division rival is unacceptable and embarrassing to everyone involved.

  • Met catchers saw just 13 pitches in six plate appearances, helped mostly by Omir Santos's 12 pitches seen in five times to the plate. He had three singles, but popped out on the first pitch with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. My hatred for him knows no limit.
  • The game ball goes to Jayson Werth for, among other things, his ridiculously great catch to end the tenth inning.
  • 16 men left on base. [insert editorial comment]
  • After stealing just five bases in his first 11 attempts this season, Wright is now 11 for his last 13. He's also sliding feet-first now, which studies show won't make much of a difference in his arrival time but should decrease the likelihood of injury and increase readiness to advance to third on a poor throw. Good change.

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SB Nation Coverage

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Win Probability Added

Big winners: Francisco Rodriguez, +28.6% WPA, Mike Pelfrey (batter), +13.4% WPA
Big losers: Bobby Parnell, -29.1% WPA, Fernando Tatis, -22.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Rollins LIDP in tenth, +18.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Utley homerun in eleventh, -33.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +0.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: -50.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Chase Utley

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsGeek; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 MetsGeek 250
2 wrightHOF 137
4 JohnPeterson 92
5 pingel 80
6 Evan_S 73
7 itsmetsforme 69
8 Greenpoint Ian 68
9 Prince 64
10 Rigsay 52
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