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Papelbon Watched Bastardo Melt Down From the Bullpen

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With a 4-1 lead, Bastardo, not Papelbon closed in the ninth.

With a 4-1 lead, Bastardo, not Papelbon closed in the ninth.

Who’s running this team?

Ready to sweep the Mets on Mother’s Day Sunday, the Phillies rolled into the ninth up 4-1.

If you’re Sandberg who do you bring in to close and sweep the series, sending the club back to Philly at .500?

A no brainer, Papelbon.

Not so fast. Sandberg brought in Bastardo.

It was a disgrace — and I bet after the game there was some grumbling in the Phillies’ clubhouse.

Why was it a disgrace? Because Papelbon was “resting” in the bullpen.

Papelbon closed both Friday and Saturday against the Mets.

Friday night he threw seven pitches.

Didn't Sandberg have the cojones to tell Sandberg to close?

Didn’t Sandberg have the gear to make Papelbon close?

Saturday night he threw 14 pitches. That’s 21 pitches if math isn’t your strong point.

Of course, he warmed up before both appearances, throwing what? Maybe 50–60 pitches at variable speeds? Thirty hard? But warm up throws are no where near the intensity as live game action.

Usually, in warm ups, they get loose and ready to go in.

The Phillies said Papelbon was tuckered out from throwing 21 pitches in two night games. He needed to rest — wait, rest? With two off days this week — Monday and Thursday —and another off day the following Monday?

In the 9th, Utley went to the mound to tell Bastardo to not pitch around Abreu.

In the 9th, Utley went to the mound to tell Hernandez to not pitch around Abreu.

That’s three days off over the next eight games.

He had to rest?

But in the same game, after Barstardo’s melt down, Sandberg brought in Roberto Hernandez — a starter who threw 99 pitches against the Mets on Friday.

So here’s the thing.

Just how did Sandberg approach the two pitchers? And, was money a factor?

Hamels threw 133 pitches to Papelbon's 21.

Hamels threw 133 pitches to Papelbon’s 21.

Papelbon is paid $13 million, Hernandez, $4.5 million.

Or didn’t Sandberg have the squeekers to tell Papelbon, “You’re closing.”

I’m starting to wonder.

Can he save this club?

Can he save this club?

One more thing.

In the ninth, when pinch hitter Bobby Abreu came to the plate.

Chase Utley went to the mound and told Hernandez not to pitch around Abreu.

Where was pitching coach Bob McClure? Where was Sandberg?

Utley, the second baseman, made the decision to pitch to Abreu?

Who’s running this team?

 

 

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