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2013 Is on Manuel’s Mind the Rest of the Way

Phillies RF Domonic Brown fails to catch Milwaukee’s Corey Hart’s 8th inning grandslam Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MILWAUKEE — Everybody wants to win, even managaer Charlie Manuel.

But Manual and the Phillies find themselves in a different situation this year that has yet to be accepted by the fan base.

I get it, there is still a glimmer of hope on this season with 44 games to play and their being an extra wild card spot this season, but after five seasons of winning it has gotten to the heads of this fan base that losing is not as evitable as it pretty much is.

In Matt Gelb’s blog post late last night, he talks about this very thing, making a similar point I was making to a few friends last night about what manager Charlie Manuel did last night as far as decision making.

With a man on in the 8th inning and Ryan Braun due up, Manuel walked out to the mound with the hook, pulling Lee from the game while holding a 4-3 lead over the Brewers. It was the right move that made the most sense seeing as Lee was at 111 pitches and allowed three home runs already, two of them to the reigning National League MVP.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)

MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.

Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.

It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.

It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.

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Series Preview: vs Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 42-54, 5th in NL East; MIL: 44-50, 4th in NL Central

When: July 23-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96) vs Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) vs Zach Grienke (9-3, 3.57)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) vs Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Braun’s positive test brings up the same questions

(AP Photo/Jeffry Phelps)

Just when you think the dust has finally settled, another player takes a fall in the game’s biggest scandal to this day.

Ryan Braun, who was recently named the National League MVP, tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. With the league still down from the BALCO age, this is a blow to the collective gut of the baseball world.

When news like this comes out, it immediately raises two questions:

  1. Why? Why would an athlete who is seemingly at the top of his game tarnish his body in such a way?
  2. Who’s next? Who will be the next athlete to shake the foundations when they test positive for PED’s?

The same questions were asked when Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez were linked to PED’s. And now, the same questions will be asked in the coming weeks about the 28-year-old Braun.

Braun already denied the positive tests, saying “it’s BS” and that the tests were wrong. But what if they weren’t wrong?

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Series Preview: at Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 91-48, 1st in NL East; MIL: 85-59, 1st in NL Central

When: September 8-11
Where: Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)
Friday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) vs Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.47)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) vs Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:1o, CSN
Friday, 8:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs. Milawaukee Brewers

PHI: 10-4, 1st in NL East; MIL: 7-8, 4th in NL Central

When: April 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) vs Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55)
Tuesday:
Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) vs Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32)
Wednesday:
Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) vs Chris Narveson (2-1, 1.45)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, PHL 17

Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch1B Prince Fielder: Fielder is off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, hitting .321 with four homers and 16 RBIs through 15 games. But that’s something to expect from Fielder, who has always consistently been one of the top hitting first basemen in the game.

There is a lot of boom in Prince Fielders bat. That can be a huge factor in a hitters park like CBP.

Fielder is also a monster against the Phillies, especially at CBP. In 32 games against the Phils, Fielder is hitting .339 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. At the stadium, Fielder has an average of .345 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 17 games.

With Joe Blanton pitching today, Fielder could have himself a game. It will be interesting to see his match up against Cliff Lee on Wednesday.

Overview: The Brewers are off to a mediocre start, especially for a team considered to compete in the NL Central. But it’s still very early in the season to write anyone off (especially Boston).

They are led by Fielder as mentioned above and one of the best young players in the game in Ryan Braun. Braun is leading the team with a .329 average as well as hitting four homers and driving in nine RBIs.

They also have speed demons 2B Rickie Weeks, CF Carlos Gomez and OF bench player Nyjer Morgan.

The Phillies are still off to a very strong start offensively, especially when the bats were questioned before the season. Placido Polanco has been on a tear, hitting .373 with a homer and 12 RBIs from the two-spot. Ryan Howard has also been good to start off the season though he’s tapered off the past few games, hitting .288 with three homers and a team-high 14 RBIs.

Pitching this series again favors the Phils heavily as they have their two best pitchers going. Milwaukee is still without their newly acquired ace Zach Grienke, who is on the DL until early May.

The Phils have also dropped the first game of the past four series and with Blanton on the hill tonight, a fifth is likely if the offense doesn’t show up.

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