Girardi, Bullpen Nearly Cost Phillies a Win

Girardi, the bullpen nearly cost the Phillies a win. Zach Wheeler was pitching a gem going 8 innings allowing only four hits. No runs or walks and striking out 12 but Manager “Analytics” Girardi opted to pull him from the 1-0 Phillies lead.

To the Action

Odubel Herrera should have had a triple but felt the need the showboat and settle for a double but was brought home one batter later when Jean Segura (3 for 5 with Three RBI) followed with a double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead and set Wheeler up for a complete game. One problem. “Analytics Joe”… Girardi was probably looking to yank Wheeler after the fourth inning… pulled Wheeler to set up Hector Neris for a save… clearly, Girardi has not seen Neris pitch much.

A Freddie Freeman blast that Odubel Herrera missed timed his jump, tied it at 1-1. Then, a walk. Girardi never made a move to replace the clearly ineffective Neris but, somehow escaped the damage. Think Neris was bad? Jose Alvarado said, “hold my beer” and surrendered 3 walks, a run-off a wild pitch, and a run-off a passed ball, and Analytics Joe sat impassively while the Phillies fell behind by a 3-1 score heading to the bottom of the tenth. Atlanta showed they out stink any bullpen and reliever, Chris Martin allowed three hits with the biggest coming from Jean Segura who nailed a two-run double to mark the second consecutive walk-off victory.

“The walk-off yesterday was huge,” Segura said. “It gave us momentum to play a little bit better. To be able to win this one today, to come from behind, especially after we gave it up in the top of the 10th, that’s huge. That tells you what type of team and what type of ability we have to play this game. I think if we keep it together like that, I think this team could be really, really good.”

Future Expectations!?!

The Phils are starting to build something… is it a house of cards? With Analytics Joe insisting on yanking pitchers after four innings and or not letting them complete what that started… and a bullpen that consists of only Ranger Suarez… with an anemic offense, how high can this house of cards go? Girardi, the bullpen nearly cost the Phillies a win.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.