While everybody wondered about the health of Roy Halladay, the Philadelphia Phillies gave a decision-making appearance to the media. However, it was an easy call.
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The Right Choice:
There was almost no chance Rube Amaro would tab Adam Morgan for Friday’s start.
About a month ago, there was a comment that accused me of over-estimating my opinions. My publications do not represent what the Phils should do but what they are doing. That said, baseball men have years of experience on many levels and they have data that is enviable. My reviews, on the other hand, dip below the surface but going deeper is a learning process. The recent selection of Tyler Cloyd to replace Halladay is a perfect example.
Amaro knew immediately that the call-up would only be for a right-hander, which would eliminate Morgan and Jesse Biddle. The general manager was not going to slot a southpaw between Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Also, there were no off days this week. It would have required 1 day–not 2–to reset the rotation, and fit a lefty between Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettitbone. That stated, Amaro would not prefer Morgan and Pettibone pitching consecutively either.
It’s also interesting that management grasps the baseball-knowledge limits of those who cover the team. They understood that beat reporters would only look at the total numbers for Morgan, and not the order of his results, which revealed a downside. Amaro also needed a possible alternative to Cloyd for the hurler’s mind set. Ergo, it was a message about earning the spot. There was only a 24-hour differential before the announcement, but, hopefully, it accomplished its purpose.
Stats for Rotation Candidates in the Minors:
Another unintentional divulgence was the position of B.J. Rosenberg on the depth chart. Originally, he went to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as a reliever, but he took a rotation slot after an unplanned opening. They view him as only a 5-inning starter and he apparently hasn’t changed their minds. Meanwhile, Charlie Manuel has telegraphed his displeasure with Raul Valdes and Jeremy Horst by stating that Joe Savery might stay.
There are 2 off days next week, which means if Cloyd has a clunker, the red pinstipes may reshuffle the 5-man staff to accommodate a left-hander–or skip Cloyd’s turn.
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This is the 33th storyline for 2013. Check out my recent publication (Choices and Reasons) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Also, my new feature is Story-poll. The last one was Dislike the Most or Like the Least.
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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Next toe on the rubber (Choices and Reasons)
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