Monday, March 12, 2012

2011 Topps Heritage #374 Charlie Manuel MG

Phillies 4, Tigers 4 (10)
Spring Training Game 9 - Sunday Afternoon, March 11th in Clearwater

Yankees 3, Phillies 0
Spring Training Game 10 - Sunday Afternoon, March 11th in Tampa
Record - 4-5-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils split their squad on Sunday, ending in a tie against the Tigers and losing to the Yankees.

What It Means:  For Cliff Lee, who started against the Tigers and gave up two runs on six hits over three innings, it meant he's "building up endurance" and heading "in the right direction."  For Kyle Kendrick, who started against the Yankees, it meant pitching three innings of scoreless baseball.  Kendrick has yet to allow a run this spring.

What Went Wrong:  The Phils managed just three hits against the Yankees en route to getting shut out.  They fared better against the Tigers as Freddy Galvis drove in a pair and Pete Orr and Laynce Nix enjoyed multi-hit games.  But as Philly beat writer David Murphy points out, yesterday was the annual CMGPOATOD which was a direct result of the Phils going 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position against the Tigers.  Here's hoping that Charlie Manuel's annual spring rite results in an offensive explosion this afternoon against the Pirates.

Featured Card:  Over the weekend, I made reference to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt calling the "Charlie Manuel Era" the greatest in Phillies history.  I haven't featured a lot of Manuel's baseball cards on this blog, although he's had his share since taking over at the helm in 2005.  His one mainstream baseball card from 2011, from the 1962 Topps-inspired Heritage set, is featured here.

High Maintenance:  How do I get Blogger to give me back the labels at the bottom of each of my posts?  They completely disappeared over the weekend.

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