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With Pence, Charlie Manuel gets his hitter

Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:59 pm
 
Charlie Manuel got his way.

He got his hitter.

And Ruben Amaro proved that when given the choice, he doesn't always trade for a pitcher. He may often trade for an Astro, but not always for a pitcher.

Oh, and Hunter Pence steps in as the next Jayson Werth.

That's basically what Friday night's big trade comes down to. The Phillies, who allowed Werth to leave as a free agent last winter (no way were they going to match the $126 million Werth got from the Nationals), have now acquired Pence to take his place in right field, and his fifth spot in the batting order, behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Young Domonic Brown proved unable to handle that spot, at least for now.

Pence is in some ways the perfect Phillies acquisition, because he cost only prospects (very good prospects, but very young prospects), and because they'll have him under control for at least two years after this one. In building a Phillies roster that has won four straight division titles and played in two World Series, Amaro and his mentor, Pat Gillick, have emphasized building a core that could stay together for a number of years.

This week, the Phillies basically passed on Carlos Beltran, who is a more dynamic hitter than Pence, but is a true rental player who they would have only controlled to the end of this season.

That fits the Phillies' pattern. Picking a hitter over a pitcher doesn't.

In fact, this will be the first year since 2005 that the Phillies' big in-season acquisition isn't a starting pitcher.

They don't need another starter, not with a rotation that includes Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and the emerging Vance Worley. They might need bullpen help, but Phillies people remind you that with a four-man playoff rotation, either Oswalt or Worley would pitch out of the bullpen in October.

Even so, earlier this week, Amaro came to the clubhouse to poll the Phillies' coaching staff. Hitter or pitcher, he asked.

You know which way Manuel voted.

The Phillies manager always wants another hitter. He often campaigns openly for Amaro to add another hitter.

This time, he got his way.

Pence is a good fit for the Phillies, just as Beltran fit the Giants well. The Giants needed someone to bat third. The Phillies already had the third and fourth spots covered.

Pence can just fit in, as Werth did for many years. And as a right-handed hitter, he fits in particularly well behind Utley and Howard, who both bat left-handed.

He's also, as one Phillies person said Friday, "reliable."

And you know he has his new manager smiling, even before he gets to town.

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Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:26 am
 

With Pence, Charlie Manuel gets his hitter

Man, you are full of excuses. What does your significant other think? Example: Now, honey, it looks like I'm sleeping with your sister, but its really that she was having a hard time, we had some wine, she gave me a massage, and then I slipped up and cheated on you. 

If you don't understand, lets put it more simply:   YOU LOST the NLCS in 2010. The NLCS has not happened yet. Your Phillies LOST in your house this year to the San Francisco Giants who were World Champions of 2010. You were world champions of 2008, you may rub it in the face of the Rays. I don't care. Until you beat the Giants in a series or in the NLCS, don't make excuses. When and if you do beat the Giants, we will take it like we took it from Cincinatti this weekend when they kicked the crap out of us. Tip your cap, until then, NO EXCUSES!!! (especially belittling our pitching by your skipper, Manuel) 


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