Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Manuel Goes Home Again

Charlie Manuel attended his mother's funeral yesterday while his team worked out at the Bank.

Manuel Goes Home Again

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"We've got one more big step," said Charlie Manuel, referring to next week's World Series.
"We've got one more big step," said Charlie Manuel, referring to next week's World Series. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer

The Phillies boarded a flight to Philadelphia on Wednesday night after they clinched the National League pennant. But Charlie Manuel took a different plane home. He flew to Roanoke, so he could attend his mother's viewing Thursday and funeral yesterday in Buena Vista, Va.

Manuel is expected to be back today for the team's workout at Citizens Bank Park.

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Bob Ford talks about how experience doesn't matter in the World Series.

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The Phillies have six days between the NLCS and Game 1 of the World Series, but they're not going to use that as an excuse.

Nothing is official, but I expect the 25-man roster to remain the same for the World Series. It also wouldn't surprise me to see the Phillies keep the same rotation. Asked if he felt the rotation needed to be changed, pitching coach Rich Dubee said yesterday he liked the current setup.

Everybody has been talking about Brett Myers' home/road splits this year, and think maybe he should pitch Game 3 at home instead of Game 2 on the road. That's because Myers went 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 starts at home and 3-8 with a 6.21 ERA in 16 starts on the road. But let's take a closer look at those splits because Myers was two different pitchers this season: First Half Brett and Second Half Brett:

  • He was 0-6 with an 8.18 ERA in nine starts on the road before he went to the minors, but 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA in seven starts on the road after he returned from the minors. Throw out his last start on the road in Florida and he was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA on the road in the second half.
  • He was 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts at home before he went to the minors, but 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA in six starts at home after he returned from the minors. Throw out his last start at home and he was 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA.

Other than one start against Florida on Sept. 19, Myers pitched just as well on the road in the second half as he pitched at home. It makes me think the Phillies aren't that concerned about his overall home/road splits, but we'll see. I've been wrong before. There's reason to consider pitching Jamie Moyer in Game 2 instead of Game 3. Moyer was 10-3 with a 2.92 ERA on the road compared to 6-4 with a 4.61 ERA at home. Then again, he hasn't pitched well on the road so far in the playoffs.

UPDATE: Manuel said before the team's workout today that the rotation WILL stay the same, meaning Myers will pitch Game 2 and Moyer will pitch Game 3.

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Frank Fitzpatrick has been vacationing in Italy during the postseason. Sucks to be him.

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