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Manuel's Decisions Helping Rockies

Judging by the first two games, the only guy who can beat the Phillies in the National League division series is Charlie Manuel.

And he just might.

Although the series is tied 1-1, the Phillies have been the better team, outhitting the Rockies .343 to .248, the biggest discrepancy in any of the four playoff series so far. The Phils' earned run average in the first two games is 3.00. The Rocks' is 4.76.

Philadelphia's advantage has been based on the Rockies' well-documented vulnerability to left-handed pitching. The Phillies started southpaws Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in the first two games. With young J.A. Happ waiting in the wings, they seemed sure to make it three in a row.

Instead, Manuel used not only Happ but presumed Game 4 starter Joe Blanton in...

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