Couldn’t have said it better myself (though I did say it as well):
Phil Sheridan in today’s Inquirer:
Manuel hasn't asked for any advice, but here's some anyway: If your job is on the line, and it most assuredly is, then make sure to fire every bullet you have. Do things your way, without worrying about some veteran player's feelings or some rookie's long-term development.
If that means sitting David Bell in favor of Abraham Nuñez, do it. If that means playing Shane Victorino every day, rotating days off for the other outfielders, do it.
What is there to lose? The Phillies are one game under .500, 91/2 behind the Mets. The Yankees are coming to town with Mike Mussina and Randy Johnson both scheduled to pitch. Then it's off to Boston for three against the Red Sox.
Tom Goodman in last week’s Swing And A Miss:
Next, start Shane Victorino at least twice a week. When he plays regularly, he hits. He is not the kind of guy who can come off the bench for one or two AB’s a week. Have him spell Burrell. Let’s find out if he is for real. If he doesn’t produce, then make a decision about him, but based on his lengthy fill-in for Aaron Rowand, he looks like a keeper.
Nunez? This is a tough one. I’d bite the bullet and let him start for a solid week. Let’s see which is the fluke, 2005 or 2006. What have they got to lose? One thing is clear: he can’t produce in his current role. Have him spell Chase once in a while, too. Chase is scuffling right now, his average down nearly 40 points. He could use a break.
It’s time for the Phillies to see who is a keeper and who isn’t. In that regard, I have no problem bringing up minor league players for auditions though I think this approach applies equally to veterans already on the roster. The risk, especially with rookie pitchers, is that their confidence as well as their ERA’s can take a beating if they aren’t quite ready for prime time. Gavin Floyd is clearly exhibit A in that regard. In the end, however, the Phillies might as well know what their players are made of on the inside, too.